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Alumnae Association Officers, 1946-1948 

Here's a pictorial introduction to the three new officers 
of the Alumnae Association, elected in May. A glance at 
their biographical sketches reveals their wide interests. 
Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott, '3 6, is the new president. 
Since last February, she and her husband, Frederic W. 
Scott, and their three small sons, have made their home 
at Bundoran Farm, North Garden, Virginia. In a lovely 
valley near Charlottesville, they are fast learning all about 
farming, and Elizabeth is interested in chickens and can- 
ning as well as in her children. 

During the years when the Scotts lived in Richmond, 
she was active in various community enterprises, including 
the Community Fund, the board of the Symphony Society, 
the board of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, 
j the Junior League. She was subchairman of the Red Cross 

Blood Donor Service. 

Elizabeth served on the Alumnae Council for two years 
before her election to the presidency of the Alumnae Asso- 
ciation. Those who attended the Alumnae Banquet in 1941 
will remember her as the gracious toastmistress of that 
occasion. In college, she was president of her freshman 
class, a member of the executive committee of Student 
Government for three years, assistant editor of the Sweet 
Briar News, a member of Tau Phi and of the May Court. 

Edith Durrell Marshall, '21, is the new vice-president 

and she is also the director of alumnae clubs. She has 

had considerable experience as an officer of the Cincinnati 

Sweet Briar Club, having served as president for two 

years, secretary for six years and treasurer for four years. 

Girl Scouting has been another of her interests, and she 

has been vice-commissioner in Cincinnati for two years, 

chairman of the camp committee for four years, and this 

year is chairman of the Kenova Region camp committee. 
After serving on the board of the Cincinnati College 

Club for some time, she was elected president of the club 

in 1944-45. She has also been on the board of the Cin- 
cinnati Woman's Club and on that of the Cincinnati 

Council of Women's Clubs. Add: Red Cross canteen 

service during the war, class secretary for the Alumnae 
News, chief organizer of the very successful twenty-fifth 
reunion of the class of '21 last June, and you have some 
idea of Edith's interests and capabilities. She has been a 
member of the Alumnae Council for the past two years. 
In private life she is Mrs. Edward C. Marshall. Her 
daughter, Ann, is a senior at Sweet Briar this year and 
her son, Edward, is a student at Sewanee. 

Adeline Jones Voorhees, '46, was chosen by her class- 
mates last May as the second vice-president of the Alum- 
nae Association. Adie, who was married early in Sep- 
tember and is now busy getting settled in her new home 
in Bedminster, New Jersey, was outstanding in college 
affairs throughout her four years at Sweet Briar. She was 
president of her class freshman year, served as a house 
president the next two years, and was head of riding 
and president of Tau Phi her senior year, as well as being 
a member of the Mav Court and the Social Committee. 






Volume XVI 

October, 1946 

Number 1 

Martha von Briesen — Helen H. McMahon, Editors 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Mrs. Frederic William Scott 
(Elizabeth Pinkerton, '36) 
Bundoran Farm, North Garden, Virginia 

Past President — Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, '30) 

Box 54M, Drake Road, Cincinnati 27, Ohio 


Director of Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Edward C. Marshall 

(Edith Durrell, '21) 

6326 Ridge Avenue, Pleasant Ridge 

Cincinnati 13, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Mrs. Stephen Coerte Voorhees 

Windy Hill Farm 

Bedminster, New Jersey 

Executive Secretary and Treasurer 

Helen H. McMahon, "23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Alumna Member of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia W. Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond 21, Virginia 

Alumnae Members, Board of Overseers 

Margaret Banister, '16 

Stoneleigh Court, Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. Richard E. Barnes 

(Elsetta Gilchrist, '27) 

651 J York Road, Parma Heights, Cleveland 9, Ohio 

Chairman of the Alumnae Fund 

Gerry Mallory, '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey 


Alumnae Association Officers, 1946-1948 Inside Front Cover 

Alumnae of Sweet Briar by Martha B. Lucas 2 

Wake Up, Alumnae! by Mary K. Benedict 3 

Inauguration Sidelights 11 

Founders' Day, 1946 12 

Lights and Shadows in the Early History of Sweet Briar 

By Wallace E. Rollins 12 

Ina Larkin Edwards Fund 16 

Students Abroad and At Home 17 

Here and Now 1 8 

College Calendar 18 

Faculty Notes 19 

New Faculty and Staff Members 20 

New Alumnae Assistant 20 

Tau Phi 2 

Professor Barker Reports On France 21 

Wengert Aids Atomic Commission 22 

Alumna Author's First Novel 23 

My Year At Sweet Briar 24 

Class Notes 25 

Mrs. John H. Cronly 

(Martha Valentine, Academy) 

Chesterfield Apartments, Richmond 20, Virginia 

Mrs. Paul J. Kruesi 

(Margaret Thomas, ex '12) 

1507 Edgewood Circle, Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Mrs. Frederick H. Skinner 

(Louise Hammond, '19) 

North Shore Road, Algonquin Park, 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Mrs. Homer A. Holt 

(Isabel Wood, '19) 

1585 Virginia Street, Charleston, West Virginia 

Mrs. Charles Wadhams 

(Marian Shafer, '21) 

112 Adams Street. Brockport, New York 

Members of the Alumnae Council 

Mrs. Adrian M. Massie 

(Gertrude Dally, '22) 

Purchase Street, Rye, New York 

Mrs. John Twohy 

(Grace Merrick, '24) 

442 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk, Virginia 

Mrs. Fred Andersen 

(Katherine Blount, '26) 

Bayport, Minnesota 

Mrs. Thomas K. Scott 

(Amelia Hollis, '29) 

3 606 Plymouth Place, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. John S. Smith 

(Ruth Hasson, '3 0) 

204 Lingrove Place, Pittsburgh 8, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. John B. Orgain, Jr. 

(Norvell Royer, '3 0) 

2013 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 

Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown 

(Sally Shallenberger, '32) 

Ashbourne, Harrods Creek, Kentucky 

Mrs. Henry L. Young, Jr. 

(Lida Voigt, '3 5) 

2924 Nancy Creek Road, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 

Mrs. Ralph A. Rotnem 

(Alma Martin, '36) 

3 30 East 79th Street, New York 21, N. Y. 

Lucy Ruth Lloyd, '41 
Valley Brook Farm, Downingtown, Penn. 

Mrs. Frank E. Briber 

(Anne Mcjunkin, '43) 

5 730 W. Wisconsin Avenue 

Milwaukee 13, Wisconsin 

^Alumnae of Sweet Brian 

I WANT my first "published statement" as President of your college to be to you. Because, to 
my way of thinking, you are what this college is all about! It seems to me that a college is very much 
more than its buildings and grounds, incomparably beautiful as I think ours are. And it is more than 
its students, its staff, and its faculty. This college is in a very real sense the mind and spirit which our 
Alumnae take with them from this place. This college is what you think and do in the world, in 

consequence of the years you 
spend here. 

There is a capacity enroll- 
ment this year of 449 stu- 
dents, including 146 Fresh- 
men, and nine other new 
students. In a few short 
years all of these and more 
will have done the spade 
work here and joined your 
growing ranks as Sweet 
Briar Alumnae. The time is 
short here, but these four 
years are only a preparation 
for the real business of do- 
ing something about the 
world as Sweet Briar women. 
There may be some of you 
who are a little cynical about 
the idea of your paying 
society a cultural dividend 
in return for its investment 
in your education. But it 
looks now, in the new 
Atomic Age, as if we haven't 
time for the luxury of that 
kind of cynicism. History 
has been described as a race 
between education and catas- 
trophe. Just at present the 
race looks all too grim for 
our side. But whatever hope 
there is for humanity's sur- 
vival lies most certainly with 
the forces of liberally edu- 
cated human beings and their 
dedication to create a free 
society of morally responsible 

In behalf of all of us here at Sweet Briar, I not only welcome but urge you to a full share in 
the life of your college. Keep in close touch with us and with your fellow alumnae. Come back to 
visit and think and plan with us, when you can find someone to stay with the children! Let us 
have the benefit of your judgment and perspective in re-thinking Sweet Briar's course of study and 
in re-evaluating our entire college program. Help us to serve you in such a way that you may live 
the fullest possible life and make your best possible contribution to society. Tell us what you think 
of our idea of making Sweet Briar a vital laboratory of Democracy, with full and free participation 
of all groups in the policy-shaping of the college. Tell us what you think of our plan to cultivate 
Sweet Briar's world consciousness by working toward a program of inter-changing students and teach- 
ers with other countries. 

Only if the whole of our college, you Alumnae and we "students," determines to realize our 
fullest possible capacity as a liberal arts college can Sweet Briar help provide the training ground 
for liberal leadership which the world so desperately needs. Rally 'round! 

I am looking forward with very real pleasure to meeting every one of you here and there, 
within the next few years. 



Volume XVI 

October, 1946 

Number 1 

Wake Up, Alumnae! 

By Mary K. Benedict, M.D., President of Sweet Briar College, 1906-1916 

IT SEEMS to me, fellow alumnae, that we have failed to 
realize our responsibilities to our democracy in the task 
of evolving a way of education which will make our 
children more effective citizens than we ourselves have 
been equipped to be. 

How well have we been equipped for citizenship? In 
particular, what did the college each one of us went to 
do for each one of us to make her the sort of citizen she 
is? In further particular, what sort of citizens are we — 
individually and collectively? 

I am not answering these questions. I am asking you 
to answer them. I wonder if an honest self appraisal by 
each individual of us will not make that person doubtful 
whether she is the successful member of the world that 
she ought to be. 

Be that as it may, you will agree, I am sure, that the 
college years could and should make the transition from 
immaturity to maturity such that it leads a girl to an 
adulthood which fits in happily and helpfully to her 
society — and is not a struggle for a better adjustment 
with misfits, frustrations, dissatisfactions, which college 
women sometimes fall heir to. 

I use the term citizen, of course, to include all social 
relationships. More specifically, then, the question is a very 
complex one. It includes such questions as — Does our 
college course fit us for our responsibilities in our home? 
Does it fit us for our everyday relationships with other 
people — our neighbors, our friends, our business and pro- 
fessional associates? Does it fit us for our business of 
earning a living? Does it fit us for careers? Does it fit 
us for citizenship in a free country? 

I know and you know that every college alumna has 
some thoughts along these lines. But we alumnae have not 
really become vocal about our thoughts. We sit and say 
things here and there, usually casually — to each other — 
We are hesitant about it. We feel we should not be 
critical. We think (and usually we are told by our fund 
agents) that we are derelict in our duty to make our 
class contribution one hundred per cent, and so we feel 
we have no right to make any criticism. We feel that 
we are not educators anyhow, that we should leave the 
problems of education to the trained and experienced edu- 
cators, who have given these problems a lot of thought 
and know much more about them than we do. We feel 
that we are poaching on the preserves of the College Presi- 
dent and the Faculty. We wonder if they want to hear 
what we have to say. We think our proper attitude is to 
sit back and let them ask us if they want to know what 
we think. We are willing to answer questionnaires, but 
that is about as far as we feel we should go. 

The answering of questionnaires does not make us vocal 
as a group. The only way we can make our voices loud 
and effective is by speaking, and speaking as a group — 
after careful thought and discussion. And we should take 
some initiative about it. 

This means, of course, that we should organize our 
alumnae so that we can function as a unit in this field 
and try to make our contribution to the problem of 
working out a way of using college years to get girls 
ready to give the services they are going to be called upon 
to give their undertakings when the world's responsi- 
bilities fall more heavily on them. 

Except for the questionnaires, our alumnae leaders do 
not concern themselves with these problems. In fact, for 
the most part, the questionnaires do not come from our 
group, but from others who want to hear from us. 

Our alumnae leaders concern themselves primarily and 
almost exclusively with money getting. We are well organ- 
ized — we work efficiently and successfully in giving finan- 
cial help to our colleges. No one of us wants to change 
this. It should be carried on. 

But — are we to be helpful only or primarily through 
our pocket books? Should we not put as much time and 
planning on the ways in which we can, in an organized 
way, make contributions to the soul and spirit of our 
college — i.e., the sort of work it does? I like to look 
at a beautiful building on my college campus and think 
that my dollars helped to build it. I like even more to 
contemplate a scholarship fund or an endowment fund 
and think that I helped establish it. I like this because I 
am taking a part in the work of the college, and there 
is more to it than writing a check. Why shouldn't alumnae 
be called on to express their opinions and views about 
the things for which they are giving their money? And 
doesn't it follow that there will be a fuller response if 
girls are asked for ideas as well as money? As one of our 
alumnae put it — wouldn't the getting of ideas bring the 
response of gifts which will be used to carry out those 
ideas? Let me repeat — this is not meant to suggest that 
individual opinions, wishes, ideas should be made the 
order of the day, but the individual's ideas should be 
welded into the group's contribution. 

Buildings, scholarships, endowment funds — we alumnae 
contemplate with much satisfaction. But do we not like 
most of all to believe that the girls whom we welcome 
into our alumnae fellowship are equipped to meet the 
problems of the world and to help its progress to free- 
dom? The only way we can feel sure about this is to 
think about the education the college is giving and evalu- 
ate it in the light of what our thought and experience 
since we left college have convinced us about educational 

Alumnae Neit s 

needs. Can't we think these things over together, discuss 
them, consider all sides, and reach, after such discussion 
and consideration, some representative conclusions and 
then pass them on to the college? 

Who can and should evaluate college training? We, who 
are the ones who received it, can do it better than any- 
one else. The purpose of the college has been to give us 
something. We have what it had to give when we were 
there. We know what it is worth. Who has more right — 
who has more obligation — to talk about the value of the 
sort of education we got — and discuss it front the stand- 
point of life as we see it — not only for ourselves, but 
also for our children and their children — as best we can 
see it. Yes, it is true that college courses have been chang- 
ing with a changing world, and they are not as they 
were when we were there, but in these changes that have 
been going on and that are going on, what forces and 
what leadership have been operative and how right are 
they? We can see that any discussion would have to include 
a careful study of the policies and plans of the colleges 
as they are now — not as they were then. 

Of course we are not trained in the field of education — 
as a philosophy, a science, a technique. We look at ends 
to be achieved, not the methods of getting them. We can 
trust our leaders for that as well as for seeing ahead and 
establishing the far seeing plans and purposes of college 
education. But we certainly have a place in this planning 
that no one but ourselves can fill. The leadership is at the 
college, and the main task is with these leaders. But — we 
are a democracy and we expect our leaders to know what 
we think. In regard to political and social questions we 
do not sit and wait to be asked to tell our political and 
social leaders what we think and want done. We tell 
them, and tell them in an organized way — through civic 
clubs and various groups. Even our groups of college 
alumnae take up political and social questions in many 
important matters. Why not do the same thing in the 
field of education, and do it through our alumnae associa- 

And don't think our leaders don't want to hear from 
us. They do. How I wished we had alumnae at Sweet 

What Do You Think? 

Miss Benedict's challenging questions need 
responses, and we hope that alumnae will give 
them thought and then send their reactions to 
the Alumnae Nevcs. Do you want to adopt Miss 
Benedict's proposal for adult study groups? Do 
you have any suggestions for organizing such 

Miss Benedict's thought-provoking article was 
written as the result of discussions with a good 
many alumnae. Ladies, the gauntlet is at your 

Miss Benedict 

Briar — 1906-10! And how good it seemed when we got 

I can prove that alumnae opinion is wanted. In the 
October, 1944, number of the Vassar Alumnae Magazine 
(my own alma mater) I read the following, written by 
President McCracken: 

"A new Vassar confronts a new world to-day and, as 
always, Vassar turns upon itself in trying to think out 
its problems, to develop its policy and to make its decisions. 
We are, of course, not alone in this situation. Other col- 
leges have similar problems . . . But it is of the nature 
of these problems that we have much to learn from one 
another and must solve them ourselves. It seems short 
sighted not to invite our graduates to help us in seeing 
these problems and in solving them ... In an unsettled 
world, the college course is not fully charted. The con- 
stant loyalty of the alumnae justifies their being con- 
sidered as sharers in the college plan, and their thought 
on our problems is invited." I wish I had space to present 
more of President McCracken's discussion of the need to 
solve these problems. But the fact that he calls for alumnae 
help is most significant. 

Well — what response did the Vassar alumnae make to 
that invitation? I don't know. I don't think there was 
any organized way of doing anything about it. Please 
indulge me in letting me tell you of my personal reaction 
to this. I thought: How nice that President McCracken 
would be interested in our point of view. What can I 
do about it? Shall I sit down and write to President 
McCracken? No, I thought, he doesn't know me. He 
wouldn't care to hear from just me. Besides, I don't know 
enough about the college work and plans now to discuss 
them as intelligently as I should want to. I need to know 
more about them — to have an actual work sheet as a 
starter. It is not a task where I can sit down by myself 
and formulate something I should like to say. I should 

October, 1946 

like to talk the whole matter over in a group — to express 
my point of view and hear those of others, and get at 
something true and fundamental. Then I thought of the 
Vassar group to which I had belonged. Had there been 
at any time any place in the organization where any 
discussion of educational plans was considered? There had 
not been. I thought of my experience as an alumna for 
lo these many years. Except for the pocketbook side what 
had gone on in the group I had been in contact with? 
There had been a few luncheons with very interesting 
talks by President McCracken, and by our Alumnae Secre- 
taries. These had been followed by nothing as an organ- 
ized response or re-action. We mostly had teas. I went 
to one — I went alone. A hostess greeted me and intro- 
duced me to two alumnae who knew each other but didn't 
know me. They chatted about Helen and Jane, and then 
said "Oh, there is Bertha, excuse us, please, Dr. Benedict." 
After several repetitions of this experience, I hastily 
swallowed a cup of tea, and went home — no more alumnae 
teas for me. Must we have these teas, or could we sub- 
stitute a discussion group once in a while? 

So Dr. McCracken's invitation stayed in my mental 
archives until this date — when, with Miss Garnsey's help, 
I got it again from the Alumnae Association archives. 

So — wouldn't it be a good idea to organize an Alumnae 
Committee on Educational Policy? The Chairman of this 
committee should be some alumna who has been out of 
college at least ten years. She should not be a teacher or 
engaged in educational work as a profession. She should 
be a mother — a home maker, and interested in, if not 
actually engaged in, some part of the world's work out- 
side of the home. 

This Committee should appoint leaders who would reach 
all alumnae. It should outline the subjects to be taken 
up for discussion — make out bibliographies — make material 
available. It should bring together and unify the results 
of discussions in the groups. What can be done in organ- 
izing the association for purposes of reaching every single 
alumna in order to raise money can be done in order 
to produce thoughts. 

Of course this would mean a lot of work on the part 
of members of such a committee, and such members would 
have to be just the right people, or nothing would come 
of the attempt. 

It was a splendid thing to establish the position of 
Alumnae Secretary and to give this officer a place on the 
college campus. There are many ways in which the Alum- 
nae Association can work best on the campus. Closer 
contact with the college can be maintained there than 
anywhere else. The Alumnae Secretary can learn much 
about the college. Through her the alumnae can be kept 
in touch with the college, and the college with the alumnae. 
The contact is direct, and communication much facili- 
tated. But if the alumnae are to speak from the vantage 
point of the society in which they live, they should not, 
as an organization, be centered on the college campus. 
The Alumnae Secretary has become the executive secre- 
tary of the entire organization. She is not in a position 
to look at the members from the standpoint of their rela- 
tionships where they are. Her views of college-alumnae 

relationship are naturally colored by the campus point of 
view — the academic side of college — and the undergraduate 
side. She is usually a young woman who has herself had 
little experience in doing things in the larger community. 
She is not a person connected with home making or bring- 
ing up and educating children. Besides that — she is busy — 
overloaded with work. 

The association should be so organized that it func- 
tions in the place where it exists — i. e., in the society of 
which its members are a part. The campus secretary should 
not be the mainspring of the working of the association. 
The association should be an entity which functions so as 
to include the work of the Alumnae Secretary and a 
great deal more. 

The association has another and very important link 
with the College. We elect alumnae Trustees, and through 
them, we have a direct contact with the governing board. 
It would surely be helpful to our alumnae trustees if they 
could have more fully expressed carefully considered 
policies representative of their constituency on the vital 
questions of education. 

There is no dearth of material to put before alumnae 
on the subject of trends in education in a changing world. 
A Committee on Educational Policy would have its hands 
and thoughts full to overflowing with books, magazine 
articles, addresses, plans of new courses, fundamental cur- 
ricular changes, which it should list and get before dis- 
cussion groups. 

Those interested in a philosophical approach, can go 
directly to the work of that great leader — philosopher 
John Dewey, who, in his eighties, has just brought out 
a new volume. Fifty years ago the philosophers — William 
James, in particular — talked about pragmatism — the 
teaching that the value of a theory has to be determined 
by the success it achieves when it is put to work. This 
philosophical concept has been a force working out a way 
of education which Dewey started in a school in Chicago 
years ago. That makes an interesting approach! 

But — there is much of interest to those who do not 
want to work along the lines of educational theory. The 
practice side is now in operation in schools — even in our 
public schools — and so called progressive education is 
a powerful thing which is here to stay and goes on grow- 
ing and gaining momentum, whether we believe in it or 
not. No study of education, including higher education, 
can ignore it. 

Most of us want to come down to something very 
realistic and practical, and there is plenty to think about 
from that standpoint. When I graduated from college, a 
visitor talked to my class on the subject of some of us 
going into some field of work other than teaching. She 
suggested chicken farming. I wasn't prepared for chicken 
farming, so I chose teaching, only to find that I wasn't 
very well prepared for that either. 

Since that time much has been said and done about 
education as related to the business of living, and more 
and more is being said and done. There are everywhere 
trends under fine leadership toward making the college 
years, years of practice as well as theory — years of doing — 
years of apprenticeship to life. Some colleges, notably 


Neit : 

Antioch and Bennington, have unequivocally taken a stand 
for making college years include much practice. They 
feel that young people are not prepared to live in the 
world if they have not lived out in the world during 
the college years. Other colleges have not been ready to 
give up any of the "hours" of college work to doing things 
as opposed to thinking about things. The oldest and largest 
of our colleges have been taking a middle ground. They 
?re still predominently Liberal Arts colleges. They are doing 
more in the field of thinking about the practice side 
than they are in actually introducing it into their work. 
They are not really convinced that the practice or labora- 
tory side takes brains. They feel that the college degree 
should stand for so many hours of successful thinking, 
and that successful doing can take care of itself. If any 
of this is to count in the college curriculum it must be 
valued on a different basis — two or three units of doing 
being worth one unit of thinking. On this basis labora- 
tory tables have been admitted to the academic college 
for a long time. Pianos have come in in similar fashion, 
and so have easels, paint brushes, palettes. Typewriters 
and sewing machines and cook stoves have gotten into 
some corners with not a great deal of attention paid to 

But — when it came to putting the workbench into 
the classroom — the line has been drawn on that in any 
college that belongs to the Liberal Arts group. These 
colleges definitely take their stand on the position that 
you can teach the same thing in the classroom that 
you teach at the workbench — so far as understanding 
and ability to perform are concerned, and the use of the 
workbench can be added to a person's life whenever he 
wants to sit down to it if he has had a college course. So- 
let us keep the classroom and the workbench separate, 
the classroom teaching in the Liberal Arts college, and 
the workbench teaching in the trade or technical schools. 
But since you teach the person — the whole person, and 
not the subject, you need to look around and see where 
the person is. Is all of him or her in the classroom, and 
is none of him or her in the workshop? 

Much thinking is going on along these lines and changes 
are coming. If the workbench is still plebeian for the 
academic building, at least laboratory work, field work, 
practice in nursery schools, and other forms of doing things 

The Alumnae Ofiice will buy: 

Sweet Briar China 
Green, Mulberry, Blue 

Dessert Plat i s 

Tea Cups and Saucers 

Bread and Butter Plates 

After Dinner Cups and Saucers 

Please notify the Alumnae Secretary if you are in- 
terested in disposing of any of your Cauldon Sweet 
Briar China. 

are being given attention in college work as educational 
thought recognizes the need to work out theories and 
ideals in practice. 

A folder which we Vassar alumnae have received 
recently puts this point of view so well that I cannot 
do better than to quote from it. This quotation is a part 
of Vassar's report on plans for work given in the Summer 
Institute for Family and Community Living. "Many an 
intellectual has lost out because her knowledge was not 
well grounded in experience. This helps explain why some 
college graduates report feeling frustrated in later life. 
Vassar has long been concerned with the importance of 
balancing theory and practice. It offers wide and increas- 
ing opportunity for the kind of experience needed to back 
up intellectual development." And again "How will it 
(field work) help the harrassed alumna ten years from 
now as she gets her children off to school, her husband 
to work, hurries to make a committee meeting or her 
own schedule at the office? This is how. Growing up, the 
aim, after all, of all education, is an emotional and social 
as well as an intellectual process. Only when there is a 
dynamic relationship between the concepts of the class- 
room and the fabric of everyday life can academic edu- 
cation become truly relevant and usable." 

There is a lot to be done in determining what is 
included in the "fabric of everyday life," and in finding 
out how to establish this "dynamic relationship." Too often 
'field work' becomes pleasant strolling in lovely pastures 
and going home to some one else's establishment instead 
of getting down to beginnings and making things out 
of what grows in a field. 

I have discussed these matters with some of the Sweet 
Briar alumnae. One of them puts the thought into the 
following sentences which she says I may quote. "Life 
can't go on as it did before, or even during, the war. A 
Faculty can't go on with its planning in a purely academic 
and idealistic way without taking into account the fact 
that they are preparing women for an entirely new world. 
We must prepare as many people as possible (and espe- 
cially the leaders who are college students . . . those who 
will train their own children or lead other people's chil- 
dren) for a much more mature and realistic way of think- 
ing and acting. And the alumnae of any r college ought, in 
my opinion, to help in bringing about an approach to life 
which is practical because, in the largest sense, it is ideal- 
istic." She means by this last paradoxical statement, of 
course, that nothing fulfills itself if it is not shaped by 
its ideal. In college teaching we have too long looked just 
at the ideals. We have looked at realities as imperfect 
realizations of these ideals and have tended to withdraw 
into idealism. Let us deal with ideals only where they 
are working forces. 

Democracy has gone forth to war. It has won the 
first round only — with material ammunition. The chal- 
lengers stand before us to see what we can do with our 
ideals — our ideals of freedom against their ideas of con- 
trol. The only force that can win the world for democracy 
is a democracy that works. The four college years count 
vitally toward making real the ideals that, we must 
admit, are still imperfectly functioning on our globe. 

October, 1946 


FORTUNE smiled on Sweet Briar with her brightest 
smile on Friday, November 1. Everyone agreed that it 
was a bright day in our history, as the college began its 
forty-first year, its first under the fourth president, Miss 
Martha Lucas. For on that day Miss Lucas was officially 
charged with the privileges and responsibilities of the presi- 
dency of Sweet Briar College. Her acceptance left no 
doubts in the minds of her hearers that Sweet Briar was in 
capable hands and that wider horizons were being made 

To begin with, Fortune provided a beautiful day, warm 
and sunny and serene. By nine o'clock, visitors began 
streaming across the campus, and they came in ever- 
increasing numbers. Delegates carrying academic costume 
made their way to the registration tables in the gymnasium 
and thence to the robing rooms. By 1 1 o'clock all was in 
readiness, the gymnasium was filled, the music signaled 
the start of the academic procession. 

Representing Sweet Briar's five thousand alumnae came 
the members of the Alumnae Council; next, the faculty, 
followed by the delegates from secondary schools, junior 
colleges, and those who represented colleges and universities 
from all parts of the country. Representatives of learned 
societies there were, too, and finally, members of the Board 
of Overseers, speakers, and President Lucas. 

An invocation by the Rev. Carey Montague of Rich- 
mond opened the program and then Brand Blanshard, 
professor of philosophy at Yale, delivered his thought- 
provoking address, "The Liberal College In An Expanding 

"What are we to do," Mr. Blanshard asked, "in face of the enor- 
mous expansion of knowledge that has occurred in recent decades? 
Knowledge is expanding like the ripples in a pond; every year sees a 
greater disparity between the total of man's knowledge and what any 
of us can hope to know. The problem of the day is how to select the 
essential from this unwieldy mass of knowledge." 

Various suggestions are being offered us, of which one is the elective 
system, which throws the burden of choice on the student himself, Mr. 
Blanshard said. He pointed out that America has been weighing this 
system for fifty years and has at last declared it wanting. There is 
now a general rush to abandon it. Why? Because it has placed upon the 
student more responsibility than he knew how to carry. How is he to 
know which among hundreds of possible subjects will mean most to 
him thirty years hence? To allow him to browse at will, on the theory 
that one subject is in the end about as good as another, is the "fallacy 
of misplaced democracy." It is a transplanting of the idea of equality 
into regions where equality has no place. 

Another ground for choice has received the support of the weight- 
iest name in American education, John Dewey. Dewey thinks of school 
and college as laboratories for the world, places where the student 
should learn the arts and techniques that will be most useful later on. 
His views have captured and very largely transformed the lower schools 
of this country. Mr. Blanshard was of the opinion that this was where 
they belonged and should remain. They do not apply at the college 
level; a "student-centered" college in which youth could roam at will 
among cultural, technical, and vocational subjects would conspicuously 
fail to give the student the sort of understanding he needs. Mr. Blan- 
shard then went on to consider the views of Mr. Dewey's leading 
opponent, President Hutchins of Chicago. Hutchins has abandoned the 
elective system wholly; he divides cultural subjects sharply from voca- 
tional subjects; and he insists that the central business of the college 
is intellectual mastery, the understanding of the principles of nature, 
human nature, and society. So far Mr. Blanshard went with him. He 
thought, however, that Mr. Hutchins' means were less convincing than 

Miss Lucas and Bishop Tucker 

his ends. The suggestions, for example, that the student could safely 
ignore the world from 1900 on, that he should learn his science from 
Newton, and that he should draw his philosophy from Aristotle, were 
costing Mr. Hutchins much valuable support that he might otherwise 
have gained 

Mr. Blanshard ended by proposing a double test for the selection of 
college studies. As regards content, those subjects should be chosen 
whose mastery carried with it the widest understanding of other fields, 
such subjects as mathematics and physics among the natural sciences, 
ethics and political theory among the social sciences, literature in the 
sphere of values. As regards discipline, the great aim was to enable the 
student to think clearly, connectedly, and accurately; and every sub- 
ject could and should be so taught as to provide that discipline. 

Mr. Blanshard congratulated Sweet Briar on the selection of a 
philosopher-president. To him the problem under discussion, which was 
the great problem of the day for the liberal college, was really a 
philosophical problem. Sweet Briar is fortunate, he said, in having a 
president who could bring to bear upon it a rare experience, an amply 
proved ability, and sweep of educational vision. 

Henschel's "Morning Hymn," sung by the Glee Club, 
followed Professor Blanshard's talk, and then Bishop Tucker 
commanded the attention of the audience. In his brief 
speech of induction he said. 

"Sweet Briar College opened its first session in September, 1906, 
forty years ago. During the first four decades of its life, it has had the 
leadership of three distinguished Presidents: Doctor Mary K. Benedict, 
Doctor Emilie Watts McVea, and Doctor Meta Glass. When Miss Glass 
announced to the Board of Directors and Board of Overseers of the 
College her resignation, to become effective on June 3 0, 1946, the Board 
confronted a difficult task, with many apprehensions as to the outcome. 
A committee of the Board of Overseers, under the chairmanship of 
Doctor Dabney S. Lancaster, was appointed. Also the Board requested 
the faculty and the alumnae to appoint committees to make recom- 


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mcndations to the Board. We were agreed tliat the new President should 
have at least three qualifications: she must be a scholar; she should 
be one who possessed an understanding of and sympathy with Southern 
traditions, and yet at the same time could maintain and develop Sweet 
Briar as national and international, if you will, in its outlook and in 
the composition of its faculty and student body; she should be one 
who would continue in the academic and social life of Sweet Briar 
what can best be described as the overtone of a spiritual note. 

"By one of those happy coincidences the name of Martha Lucas 
appeared on the lists of the Board, of the faculty, and of the alumnae. 
Moreover, in her academic record and in her person, she seemed to com- 
bine and blend the three qualifications which had been theoretically 

"Therefore, by the authority and on behalf of the Board of Direc- 
tors and Overseers of Sweet Briar ColIege^4f ' s m Y honour and privi- 
lege, as President of said Board, to induct you, Martha Lucas, into the 
office of President of Sweet Briar College, and to entrust into your 
keeping all of the privileges and responsibilities of that office." 

At its close the audience rose to its feet in applause as 
Miss Lucas and Bishop Tucker shook hands, and then Miss 
Lucas stepped to the lectern and began the address which 

Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished all: At this mo- 
ment I'm feeling rather like the young surgeon whose 
patient just before "going under" admitted being terribly 
nervous because it was her first operation. The young sur- 
geon reassured her pleasantly: "I know just how you feel; 
it's my first, too." This is your first inauguration at Sweet 
Briar in twenty-one years, and you are probably a little 
nervous about it. I know how you feel. But that young 
surgeon had a great advantage over me: I can't give you 
an anaesthetic. 

One comes with humility and a sense of dedication, to 
join in a great undertaking. For ours is the task of carrying 
on together what the Founders of this college planned with 
vision and wisdom — and our Overseers, administrative 
officers, faculty, staff and alumnae have brought to ma- 
turity through their devoted and distinguished service of 
forty years. 

This is a solemn and stirring time to be engaged in the 
work of education, of "leading out" the human mind. 
Surely at no time in human history has so much depended 
upon the leading of so many by so few: leading a confused 
and frightened race of Man out of its impasse of imminent 
self-destruction. For it is to the forces of education that 
the world is now looking for the "way out." This planetary 
enfant terrible, this homo ironically called sapiens, has 
proved a precocious child indeed, making straight for the 
surest means of destruction, seemingly determined to pull 
the deadly fire down upon his unwise head. Mankind has 
discovered his physical reach, and if it's not to be the early 
death of him, he must, with discipline and dispatch, be sent 
to school to learn how to control his new power. His heart 
and mind must be educated; he must be "led out" into ma- 
turity in human relations. He must, if he is to survive, 
learn the principles and applications of the social sciences, 
to match his acumen in the physical sciences. These are 
great days to be at work in education, particularly in a 
liberal arts college. 

But what should be the role of the liberal arts college 
in this unprecedented crisis in world history? What should 
we at this college be planning, thinking, teaching and do- 
ing if we are to take our part in the rescue work of hu- 

manity? We are perhaps arnused by President Lowell's 
opinion that a college, whatever else it is, should be a reposi- 
tory of great learning — since the Freshmen bring so much 
and the Seniors take so litttle away! But the trend in our 
day is to think of great learning as a museum piece, if it 
cannot be communicated in such a way as to affect the 
lives of people and the nature of society. There has been a 
lot of talking and writing in these last few years about 
higher education. Our book shelves are packed tight with 
critical studies of the place of college education in society. 
One of the wisest and most readable was written by our 
distinguished guest, Professor Blanshard, in his contribu- 
tion to the study of Philosophy in American Education. 
And there have been many others; books of every mental 
weight and hue of opinion, books from every point of view, 
investigations by committees of learned observers and 
monographs by learned individuals. In Cambridge we even 
asked the students what they thought about it. The prin- 
ciple was sound, being based upon a legend of Bob Bench- 
ley's under-graduate days at Harvard. Benchley, it seems, 
was taking an hour's examination in a course in Govern- 
ment, in which one of the questions was "Discuss the 
Northern Fisheries case from the point of view of the im- 
portant question of international law." Benchley, who hap- 
pened not to be prepared for that particular part of the 
test, started off his answer by saying: "I should like to dis- 
cuss this case from a new angle, namely from the point of 
view of the fish." And so it came to pass that in connec- 
tion with the now famous Harvard report General Educa- 
tion in a Free Society," even the students were asked what 
they thought about the education they were receiving! 

These recent critiques run the gamut of questions and 
answers which so deeply concern us these days. What kind 
of education will enable the next generation to be wiser 
human beings and builders of a better world? How about 
courses of study? Should college students be encouraged to 
elect whatever courses they desire in college, or should the 
college require a definite core of studies to guarantee that 
each graduate will be at least literate in the basic areas of 
human inquiry? Where shall the line be drawn between 
liberal and vocational education? To what extent does 
society's growing demand that college be a "preparation 
for life" justify our adding courses to our curriculum 
which, under the stricter classical pattern of former days, 
would have been branded as wholly vocational? And where, 
alas, are we to find the answer to the persistent problem of 
how to fit the pieces of knowledge together into an inte- 
grated whole. By what catalytic course, or by what 
method of correlation are we to evoke the Philosophic 
Mind, whereby a student may tie together the tag ends of 
his astronomy, sociology, biology and art into a synthetic 
and consistent view of the nature of man and his world? 
It is this question which has come most often and most 
forcefully to me, both as a teacher and as a dean, and it is, 
I believe, at the heart of our present dilemma. The pre- 
ponderance of college trained people whose religion is either 
an aching void or an entrenched childhood superstition and 
whose knowledge of history is a confusion of mythology 
and 1066 — is a tragic indictment of the methods by which 
the colleges have attempted to communicate Man's intel- 

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lectual and social inheritance. Of course the real hope of 
integrated education is in teachers who are themselves inte- 
grated human beings. Until more teachers are truly philoso- 
phers, seeing their special field under the aspect of the 
whole, striving constantly to relate their particular courses 
to the rest of the curriculum — until that great day, per- 
haps we can only fill in the gap with courses which by their 
philosophic disciplines give order and perspective to the im- 
mense confusion of modern knowledge. The gap must be 
filled in if we are to provide the mature leadership required 
for the years ahead. 

And there are other gaps which must be filled, if we are 
to train adequate leaders for our democracy — or, as we 
have been recently putting it, somewhat euphemistically, 
for our "Free Society." If our colleges are serious about 
this business of moulding leaders for a self-governing 
society, they must certainly provide more than a curricu- 
lum of liberal arts studies, no matter how well coordinated 
that curriculum may be. We must, I believe, provide in our 
colleges a true laboratory of democracy with every group 
(students, staff, faculty, alumnae and trustees) working 
together democratically for the whole. All too often the 
term "Student Government" is a convenient cloak for 
administrative or faculty tyranny, with policies and regu- 
lations despotically laid down, for students to uphold with 
unquestioning obedience, or else. From the faculty view- 
point, the value of democratic procedure both to the col- 
lege and to society was loudly proclaimed in February of 
this year when a group of distinguished university profes- 
sors signed what they called "An affirmation of purpose 
for American universities." These men, including in a long 
list such eminent thinkers and teachers as W. P. Montague 
of Columbia, Arthur Lovejoy of Johns Hopkins, and 
Arthur Schlesinger of Harvard, defined the true university 
as a company of scholars dedicated to free inquiry and the 
training of minds to seek and discern the truth. "Profes- 
sors," they said, "are not men hired to execute policies 
determined by others. Whatever the legal powers of Presi- 
dent or trustees may be in a particular institution with 
respect to educational aims or academic affairs, the exer- 
cise of these powers must be informed and guided through 
consultation with the faculties, in conformity with the 
best university tradition and with American democratic 
procedures. "Frequently," these gentlemen point out, "the 
administration is regarded as the master instead of the 
servant of scholarship," and exercises its great powers "in 
ignorance or disregard of the proper functions of the true 
university." Awkwardly enough, I find myself entirely in 
agreement with the professors in their indictment of these 
villainous creatures, the college presidents! — Heaven help 
me and my forthcoming split personality! 

I feel strongly that college administration which makes 
policy behind closed doors, takes action along unilateral 
lines, and imposes the will of a few upon the many, is not 
only failing its students by denying them the chance to 
learn about freedom and responsibility by real participation 
in a functioning democracy. But more importantly such 
administration is failing the world by withholding the 
leadership upon which the future must depend. 

I say "the world" because a truly free society now, I 
believe, means a "world society." The fact was suddenly 

blown in upon our slumbering consciousness on August 6th 
of last year, the Day of Doom of Hiroshima (and ulti- 
mately, perhaps, of us all) . It became evident to us then 
that there could be no isolated free societies in an atomic 
world, that it was either one world for all of us or no 
world for any of us. More recently, we have had the cheer- 
ing news of bigger and better atomic bombs and of fan- 
tastic developments in bacteriological warfare, which 
would by comparison make death by atomic bomb a mercy- 
killing devoutly to be wished! If we are to achieve, by 
some miracle of moral and legal development, a form of 
social organization which can save humanity in this crisis 
of history, it cannot, I think, but be a planetary version 
of the Free Society, protecting the basic rights of all men 
under law. 

The task immediately ahead of us is so tremendous that 
any suitable plan of action cannot but seem visionary and 
impractical. It is, of course, essentially an educational task, 
the making of an international state of mind. Unfor- 
tunately it is easier to mobilize men into armies than to 
educate them. And yet, no world government can succeed 
unless it has the consent of the governed. The people of the 
world cannot give that consent until they have mutual 
understanding and knowledge in common to see their se- 
curity and their freedom as indivisible. We of the United 
Nations are, as you know, attempting to effect this world 
transformation by setting up a specialized agency, 
UNESCO, to promote world understanding, through a 
vast program of cultural interchange between the nations. 
After a year of preliminary planning and organizing, this 
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Or- 
ganization is to have its official birth in Paris in just two 
and a half weeks, on November 19th. UNESCO may prove 
to be in a quite literal sense "the last best hope of earth." — 
This great effort to bring the people of the world together 
in mutual understanding. 

We at Sweet Briar College will initiate our program to 
cultivate world awareness by celebrating in pomp and 
prayer UNESCO Day on November 19th. We like other 
colleges shall be re-studying, re-evaluating, and supple- 
menting our course offerings in the light of this world 
emphasis. This year, courses in the Russian language are 
being offered by 1 1 colleges and universities in this coun- 
try, as compared with 19 offerings at the time of Pearl 
Harbor. Our colleges should probably expect a similar 
increase in demand for Oriental languages and literature in 
the next few years. Of even more immediate importance, I 
believe, to the hope of world peace is a vast interchange 
of students and teachers between the nations of the world 
— so large a program that even the smallest of our colleges 
might have a noticeable percentage of foreign students and 
professors on campus, replacing those of our own number 
who will have gone abroad to study and teach. 

My own experience taught me a lot. For some years 
before the second World War began, I was a student in 
Europe, spending the greater part of my time in England 
and France. I was on my own — in search of understanding. 
I was no part of a program for an international exchange 
of students; and there were very few of us. Yet those years 
spent among other people, with other interests and other 
viewpoints than those to which I was accustomed, gave me 


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a deeper insight and a further reach of understanding than 
I personally could have gotten in other ways. Studying 
philosophy with me in England were Hindus and Sikhs 
from India, who gave me and my English friends a quite 
new view of "The Indian Problem" — which began to look 
more like the "English Empire problem." There were the 
\oung Germans and Italians who argued the values of 
Fascism with greater detachment than we argued for 
Democracy, and saw with perhaps more clarity than we 
the Nazi tendencies in some of our own American social 
attitudes toward minority groups. There was the Negro 
graduate student from Africa whose fine mind and crisp 
Oxford accent probably gave him a feeling of real super- 
iority when he listened in class to my philosophic platitudes 
and slovenly southern drawl. As all of us studied and 
thought together of the varied and far-flung nations 
from which we came, I think no one of us failed to find 
common ground and a community of interests which would 
have rendered forever impossible our voluntarily resorting 
to force against each other. 

50,000 foreign students are now waiting to come to 
America to study. It is, I think, a tragic set-back to our 
hope for world peace that we have not the educational 
facilities to receive all and more this year. But there may 
yet be time! The future calls for high adventure. As the 
philosopher, A. N. Whitehead has warned us, in his Adven- 
tures of Ideas, "the great achievements of the past were the 
great adventures of the past. Without adventure — beyond 
the safeties of the past — civilization is in full decay." And 
we should probably add in this year II of the Atomic Age 
that only high adventure can save the race of man. The un- 
adventurous among us have gone pessimistic: they insist 
"you can't change human nature; mankind is doomed." 
But "changing human nature" is just what liberal educa- 
tion is all about. It is a tremendous task, of course, to 
free the minds of men from their bondage to the past. 
But this college and all that we teach here is a monu- 
ment to the fact that it can be done. Socrates was con- 
demned to die for daring to teach the young men of 
Athens to question the old gods and their established 
values. Giordono Bruno was burned at the stake for defy- 
ing the Church's doctrine that the earth is the stationary 
center of the universe. The list is long: Vesalius adventur- 
ing in the study of human anatomy, Michael Servitus in 
the fields of geography and theology. Nor can we forget 
that as recently as the sixteenth century in a small section 
of western Europe, during some 75 years, a quarter of a 
million persons, mostly women, were burned as witches. 
Churchmen, both Protestant and Catholic, thought that 
that was the way to put an end to bad weather, poor crops, 
and the visitation of disease. The adventurous thinkers of 
the world had not then discovered the scientific facts which 
we now teach in our courses in bacteriology, meteorology, 
psychology and chemistry. And the end is not yet! Much 
unfinished business remains for the adventurers of the 
mind. How shall we be saved from our narrow national- 
isms, our religious bigotry, our blind intolerance, our dis- 
proved theories of racial superiority? 

Quite recently you and I and others put a man to 
death for propagating this theory of race superiority. His 
name was Alfred Rosenberg, the official Philosopher of 

the Nazi party. We hanged him in a gymnasium in Nurem- 
burg just sixteen days ago. Rosenberg's fundamental crime 
against society was propagating this myth of race super- 
iority. It was he, you remember, who insisted that the 
Nordic race was the superior race of man, that all other 
races were inferior and should, therefore, be subjugated or 
eradicated by the Nordic race, that only in that direction 
lay world peace and security. Of course our American cul- 
ture is committed to two quite different theses, the Chris- 
tian doctrine of the brotherhood of man and the words of 
the constitution that "All men are created equal." And yet, 
the thinking of Alfred Rosenberg is not without followers 
in this land of ours. True, they raised no voice to stay the 
execution of Nuremburg. Perhaps some even failed to note 
the likeness, insensitive as they are to the paradox of democ- 
racy in America. It was Rosenberg, you recall, who climbed 
the thirteen steps to the gallows and died — in silence, not 
availing himself of the privileged last word. Did he, in his 
silence, have perhaps the ironical thought that even we, 
his prosecutors, would in our ignorance and selfishness 
perpetuate the racial myth? 

The problem is yours and mine: can education succeed 
in making us citizens of one world and members of one 
humanity? Can the X-rays of education penetrate the iron 
curtain around each of our minds — the iron curtain of 
selfishness, ignorance, and prejudice? This is not a time for 
comedy. It is truly a time for greatness. Without greatness 
the time may well be very short indeed. 

Music, this time a special arrangement of the Sweet 
Briar Song, followed Miss Lucas' address and preceded the 
benediction which was read by the Rev. Vincent Franks of 
Richmond. Then began the recessional, which proceeded 
out of the gymnasium and eventually was broken up into 
small conversational groups. 

Luncheon was served in the Refectory, which was* 
decked with yellow chrysanthemums and masses of smilax. 
Dean Lyman, with warm graciousness, presided over the 
brief program at the close of the luncheon, introducing the 
speakers and adding her own tribute to Miss Lucas on be- 
half of the faculty and of the entire Sweet Briar com- 

Once again the alumnae came into the picture, this 
time through the words of their president, Elizabeth P/nk- 
erton Scott, '36, who spoke as follows: 

Sweet Briar has had, in its forty years of existence, three extra- 
ordinary presidents, each one of whom has made her special contribu- 
tion to the growth and development of the college. Although their 
services were of course consecutive in time, it is as though they worked 
in unison, each one picking up the work of the others, adding her own, 
and never losing ground. They were not bound by rigidity, but they 
remained inflexible in their common purpose to build and maintain 
a liberal arts college of the highest excellence. This has been done 
through sometimes stormy times, in a period when the horizons of 
women's opportunities and responsibilities have widened far beyond the 
conception of the average observor of 1906. 

It is probable that in every age people feel that the crisis they face 
is the most difficult and dangerous of all time. We in 1946 have the 
special impetus to feel this urgency which was given us by the scien- 
tists and technicians who worked during the war under the Manhattan 
Engineer District. We are beset with problems everywhere, and over 
all hangs the threatening shadow of the BOMB. 

We are also beset by the constantly recurring hope that out of all 
this confusion and misery we may be able to build a world in which 

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peoples over the earth will live together in peace, conscious of their 
unity and fulfilling their responsibilities each to the other. 

It is a complex and confusing time in which to live, and all ot 
us must muster our best efforts toward building the better world of 
which we dream. While statesmen and their fellows meet and work 
together, each one of us knows that in the end the results will be 
determined by the individuals of our world, by their ability and 
determination to make and keep a peace that will survive. 

To realize our dream, individuals everywhere must be able to think 
in the largest terms, and willing to do their part in the smallest detail. 
People must be fired by the great concept, but must be willing and 
able to maintain their loyalty to it through the dreariest self-denial 
or service. It is not a matter only of needing great leaders. All the 
followers too must understand and be steadfast to the common cause. 

This will mean much self-discipline, understanding, tolerance and 
love on the part of all those individuals. To train such persons offers 
the greatest challenge to institutions of learning that could be devised. 
Here is the opportunity and necessity for teaching and learning and 
developing the wisdom and understanding which will enable us to use 
the tools of our civilization in the best possible way. 

And here we are at Sweet Briar today, having inaugurated as its 
fourth president, Dr. Martha Lucas. She comes to a tremendous oppor- 
tunity of which she is fully aware, and she is properly equipped to 
undertake it. She is quite strong and talented enough to accomplish 
wonders all alone, but she is not alone. She has to support her, not only 
the friends and helpers who are here today, and who will work with 
her through the years, but also the alumnae of this college for whom 
I speak. Those of us who have lived and studied at Sweet Briar look 
with love and pride upon our college. We value it for its large part 
in the development of our own lives, and we look to it to be a source 
of strength and wisdom for generations of students to come. And we 
extend to Dr. Lucas our warmest welcome, our strong support, and 
our confident hope of her high achievement. 

The second speaker was Dabney S. Lancaster, member 
of the Board of Directors, former Executive Secretary to 
the Board of Overseers,_ president of Farmville State 
Teachers College and former Superintendent of Public 
Instruction in Virginia. Mr. Lancaster, whose connections 

with Sweet Briar began when he was a student at the Uni- 
versity of Virginia, ended his informal talk with the fol- 
lowing message: 

My assignment today is the pleasant one of bringing greetings to 
Sweet Briar's new president from all Virginians. There are many 
subjects on which I would not dare speak on behalf of all Virginians, 
but on the subject of Miss Lucas I am sure that there is unanimity 
of opinion among all those whose privilege it has been to know her, 
and therefore I can speak with assurance for those who have not been 
so privileged, for they too will join in the general chorus of praise 
when the opportunity arrives. 

President Lucas' career has marked her as a student of distinction, 
as an individual who thinks for herself and thinks soundly, as a person 
whose charm and interest in others captivate all with whom she comes 
in contact. 

Miss Lucas believes in liberal arts training as the foundation of 
good citizenship. She believes in translating theory into practice, and 
she will continue to develop at Sweet Briar young women who will 
think clearly and who will act independently and fearlessly for the 
common good. She has demonstrated great interest in public education 
and public welfare and she knows that our democracy can live only 
if founded upon an educated citizenship. 

Virginia needs Sweet Briar — an institution that is in a position to 
select its students on the basis of ability and character — Sweet Briar 
needs Virginia — a state whose history and tradition and present-day 
activities can provide a great laboratory which, if properly utilized, 
can vitalize a liberal arts program. 

"From this Virginia then I bring greetings to Sweet Briar's fourth 
president and best wishes for her success in the great work that she 
has undertaken. 

After the luncheon, Miss Lucas hurried home in order 
to greet and be greeted by the visitors who soon crowded 
into Sweet Briar House. Thus ended the official events of 
the day and Sweet Briar College was launched into a new 
era of its history. It was, everyone agreed, a very special 
day, a day of warmth and dignity, of deep pleasure and 
new hopes. 

Inauguration Sidelights 

Among the extra-special guests for the occasion, who 
were greeted with great pleasure by the alumnae, were 
Miss Glass, Miss Dutton, Dr. Harley, Miss Sparrow, Miss 
McLaws, Mr. Rollins, Miss Reynolds, Mr. Worthington, 
Mrs. Dew. The inimitable Dr. Harley, who is spending the 
winter in Charlottesville, came by train to Amherst and 
from there to Sweet Briar by bus, stopping in Amherst 
long enough to buy a gallon of cider. 

Seven alumnae marched in the academic procession as 
delegates: Annie Pon'ell Hodges, '10, principal of Stuart 
Hall; Martha Dabney Jones, '29, head of the English De- 
partment of St. Mary's Junior College, Raleigh; Adelaide 
Boze Glascock, '40, head of the French department of Col- 
legiate School, Richmond; Anne Fletcher Noyes, '43, newly 
graduated from the law school of the University of Ken- 
tucky, which she represented; Margaret Thomas Kruesi, 
ex-'12, delegate of the University of Chattanooga; Eliza- 
beth Herndon Hudson, '41, representing Illinois College. 

It was indeed a great and happy day for Miss Lucas' 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Lucas of Washington, 
who were among the guests. 

Tau Phi members ushered the visitors into the gymna- 
sium and then performed similar services in seating 302 
guests at the luncheon. Students also assisted at the registra- 
tion tables, they ran errands and answered questions. The 
handsome place cards at the luncheon were lettered by 

A transcription of Bishop Tucker's induction speech 
and Miss Lucas' address of acceptance was made by WLVA 
and broadcast from that station in Lynchburg at 1:15 
p. m. on Friday. 

Ernest Zechiel, associate professor of music, composed 
the Processional which was played by the Lynchburg String 
Orchestra, and the special introductory arrangement of the 
Sweet Briar Song. The latter was sung by the Glee Club, 
directed by G. Noble Gilpin. 

Miss Long, in charge of housing, found enough beds 
available on campus in the various faculty homes and 
apartments to accommodate all the delegates who wished to 
stay overnight. 


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Founders' Day, 1946 

FOUNDERS' DAY this year took a departure from 
its accustomed place on the calendar. Instead of the 
last Friday in October, it was observed on Sunday, October 
27. The exercises were held in the gymnasium at 10:30 
that morning, with Dr. Wallace E. Rollins, himself one 
of the founders of the college since he belonged to the 
faculty from 1908 to 1911, delivering the address of the 
day. Seniors and sophomores, as usual, took part in the 
brief service held later on Monument Hill, and placed 
flowers on the graves of the Williams family. 

Paint and Patches' first production of the year, which 
used to be designated as the Founders' Day play, was 
given on the evenings of October 2 5 and 26. Berkeley 
Square, by John Balderston, was the choice for the opener, 
directed by Miss Mary Elizabeth Wilson. 

In recognition of high spiritual qualities practically 
applied in daily living, Sweet Briar presents the Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan Award, to a non-student on Founders' 
Day. This year, by unanimous vote of the faculty, the 
Sullivan Award went to Miss Rachel Carter of Amherst, 
the first Negro Home Demonstration Agent in Virginia. 

Her many friends from all parts of the county who had 
been invited to attend the exercises heard Bertha Pfis/er 
Wailes, '17, who has worked with Miss Carter for many 
years in a great many welfare projects, say in presenting 
the candidate: 

". . . Through her work on various county welfare 
committees she has come to be one of the chief agents of 
understanding between the groups of our community, and 
is held in the highest esteem by her fellow-citizens. 

"Her life has been an example of dignity, gentleness, 
thoughtfulness and strength for all who have known her, 
but above all, she manifests a serenity of spirit, and peace 
of mind which betoken a deeply religious nature. Her re- 
ligion is not a thing apart, but is reflected in her daily 
living and in her influence on others." 

Miss Lucas then read the following citation: "Rachel 
Carter: because of the spiritual strength revealed in your 
daily life and in your twenty-five years of unselfish service 
to our fellow-man, I confer upon you the Algernon Sydney 
Sullivan Award, that all may be inspired to work courage- 
ously together for a better world." 

Lights and Shadows in The 


NEXT Friday our new President will be inaugurated 
and a new stage begun in the onward march of Sweet 
Briar. It is well at this time to take a glance backwards at 
the founding and early history of the college. Why was 
it founded? What were the ideals of its founders? What 
were its early difficulties? Its successes? Who are the "fa- 
mous men" and women we praise today as founders and 
pioneers? It is a heroic story. 

Perhaps I may say that circumstances have given me 
many for first-hand information. It was my 
privilege to know all the members of the first Board of 
Directors save one, and to know four of them quite inti- 
mately. The first President of the Board, Bishop Alfred 
Magill Randolph, for whom Randolph Hall is named, was 
not only my Bishop, but in deep reality my Father-in-God, 
and with him I often talked about his ideals for Sweet 
Briar. The second President of the Board, Dr. Carl Gram- 
mer, was a friend with whom I had contacts for more than 
forty years. Furthermore, though I did not come until the 
third year of the life of the college, I was the first Pro- 
fessor of Religion at Sweet Briar and served for four-and- 
a half years also as the first resident Chaplain. 

All this has given me an unusual opportunity to know 
the inside story of Sweet Briar. If, therefore, I fail to com- 
municate this to you, the fault is entirely mine. 

It is not customary to take a text on Founders' Day — 
but this is Sunday, and it happens that a text is just at 
hand. It is from I Corinthians 16:9. St. Paul is explaining 
to the Corinthians why he is making a prolonged stay at 
Ephesus. He writes: "I will tarry at Ephesus until Pente- 

Early History of Sweet Briar 

E. Rollins 

cost; for a great door and effectual is opened unto me and 
there are many adversaries." There were at Ephesus unusual 
opportunities and also unusual obstacles. He eagerly wel- 
comed the opportunities; he was not deterred by the ob- 
stacles. He was even challenged by them, for he knew, as 
all pioneers know, that opportunities and difficulties go 
together, and that you cannot have the one without bravely 
facing the other. 

It was so in the founding of Sweet Briar. There were 
unrivalled opportunities at the beginning, but there were 
also almost immovable obstacles. 

Let us consider first the difficulties: 

Try to imagine a college functioning without any 
nl n in n. r — with no Alumna; Association back of it to coun- 
sel and to help in a thousand vital ways. It is almost un- 
thinkable, and yet that is just how every new college must 
function at first. Try to imagine a college without tradi- 
tions to guide and sustain it — without organizations of any 
kind — even without student government yet running. All 
these had to be created de novo. 

Imagine a college with the faculty all new, a group 
that has never worked together. Try to imagine a college 
with the faculty all young — with not a gray hair or a bald 
head among them! Try to imagine a college without any 
library, with the necessary books in process of selection 
all at once. Imagine a college with a mere handful of 
students, without the inspiration of numbers and of great 
variety. Finally, imagine a college with few buildings, all 
disturbingly new, constantly reminding everyone of the 
newness of the venture. 

October, 1946 


These were the general difficulties that face every new 
college. But there were particular difficulties in the found- 
ing of Sweet Briar. 

First, there was little demand for college education for 
women forty years ago. This was especially true of the 
South, and it was to the South that Sweet Briar had chiefly 
to appeal at the first. The colleges for women had no long 
waiting lists then, and many of them could hardly get 
enough students to keep running. The demand then, es- 
pecially in the South, was for private secondary schools, or 
for junior colleges, or for so-called "finishing" schools. 
These "finishing schools" were very popular, and supplied 
all that most people wanted for their daughters. 

It was so difficult to get college students in the early 
years that I was asked by the President and the Board of 
Directors to make an extended trip South in the interest 
of college education and of Sweet Briar in particular. I 
spent a month in a tour of a number of Southern states, 
visiting a great many schools and hundreds of individuals. 
I came back a sadder but wiser man! I went prepared to 
talk with enthusiasm of the ideals and standards of our 
new college — of its faculty, and their training at the great 
universities. Great was my disappointment to find that 
most parents were not interested in such things. Their 
questions were about other things — the water supply, 
sewage, the dairy, the buildings, the food, etc. Only two 
or three times did I find any interest in our faculty or their 
training. One conservative father asked particularly about 
riding, and whether the girls were required to ride astride. 
"My daughter shall never ride astride!" he said. Another 
fond parent wanted to know whether we had any snakes 
at Sweet Briar! 

The interests of most of the girls seemed to be in the 
nearness of Sweet Briar to Washington and Lee, and V.M.I., 
and the University of Virginia — and to the city of Wash- 
ington — and in how many dances a year the college had. 

Another handicap in the early years was the difficulty 
of getting students adequately prepared for college work. 
Most public schools and many other preparatory schools, 
especially in the South, gave inadequate preparation. Due 
to this, and also to the necessity of having income from 
students' fees, Sweet Briar in the early years accepted girls 
in the sub-freshman department, later called the Academy. 
It should be remembered that the college department was 
kept entirely separate and that its standards were in no 
way lowered. Indeed, having a preparatory department 
made it easier to maintain the standards of the college, for 
the girls could easily be demoted, without sending them 
away. Thus, one early class entered 14 in the freshman 
year and graduated only 4. 

But the fact remains that having other than college 
students at Sweet Briar in the early years gave a wrong 
impression to the public, and this wrong impression per- 
sisted long after the Academy was dropped. Even at the 
present time, one often meets persons who do not realize 
that Sweet Briar College has always been a straight four- 
year liberal arts college with the highest academic standards. 

It should be added, however, that many of the most 
loyal and helpful friends that Sweet Briar has had, have 
been women who were here as students in the Academy. 

Another difficulty of the early days was that the en- 
dowment was inadequate. 

Mrs. Williams died in October, 1900. Her will left her 
entire estate, with the exception of some personal bequests, 
for the founding of a school for girls, in memory of her 
only daughter, Daisy, who had died some years earlier. 

The personal property was valued at $616,000, besides 
8,000 acres of land. The total estate was valued at about 
$75 0,000, which in purchasing power today would be equal 
to about $1,5 00,000. This was considered a princely sum 
at that time, and amply sufficient. But how that money 
melted away! 

Some $55,000 had to be paid out in legal adjustments 
with other claimants, nearly $74,000 in taxes, more than 
$5 0,000 in personal bequests, some $5 0,000 in lawyers' fees, 
and nearly $14,000 more in the settling of the estate. A 
large sum was spent on the dam for the Lake, and another 
large sum on remodelling St. Angelo for a president's 
house, though it was never later used for that. The building 
of roads and the upkeep of the farm took other large 
amounts, and the power plant and laundry had to be built. 
Two dormitories were needed at once. Gray Hall was built 
in 1905-06 and named in honor of Reverend Arthur 
Gray, Mrs. William's minister and first Secretary of the 
Board. Mr. Gray's daughter came to Sweet Briar, and event- 
ually two granddaughters. Carson Hall, built in the same 
year, was named for Dr. James Carson of Lynchburg, a 
member of the first Board of Directors. His granddaughter 
is the wife of Bishop Beverley Tucker, the present President 
of the Board. Bishop and Mrs. Tucker have had three 
daughters at Sweet Briar. Besides dormitories, the Refectory 
and the Academic Building were built before the college 
opened, and also the brick faculty houses down the hill. 
Two years later, Randolph Hall was built, and named 
in honor of Bishop Randolph, the first President of the 
Board of Directors. 

By the fall of 1908, only about $50,000 remained from 
the original bequest, and the income from this endowment 
was of course small. Small, likewise, was the income from 
students' fees, since the college had only 36 students the 
first year, 90 the second, and 111 the third. You may well 
imagine what the financial struggles were in the early 

Still another obstacle for the college at first was its 
name. There is great authority for the query: "What's in 
a name?", and the sentiment that "a rose by any other 
name would smell as sweet" — but Shakespeare had never 
founded a college! In Mrs. Williams' will, she had directed 
that the name of the school to be founded should be "Sweet 
Briar Institute" — but it was clear that a college should be 
called a college. "Williams College" was suggested, but 
that name was already taken. The name "Sweet Briar 
College," finally adopted, was taken, of course, from this 
Sweet Briar plantation of the Williams family. 

Our first President attended a meeting of college presi- 
dents in the early years. When she was introduced to an- 
other college president as the President of the new Sweet 
Briar College, the other rudely exclaimed: "What a name! 
I would as soon have a diploma from the 'Lily-of-the- 


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Valley College'." Compensation came when President Bene- 
dict was introduced to President Thomas of Bryn Mawr, 
and Miss Thomas exclaimed: "Sweet Briar! What a beau- 
tiful name!" So there were differences of opinion! Now, 
after all these years, Faculty and Students and Alumnae 
have put rich content into the name "Sweet Briar," so 
that the name has become an asset. 

So much for the difficulties of the early days. Let us 
now turn to the brighter side of the picture — to ideals, to 
enthusiasm, to victories. There were, of course, hard prob- 
lems all along the way, but I shall confine myself now to 
the Lights rather than the Shadows. 

The first thing that had to be done after legal ques- 
tions were settled was to make a decision as to what kind 
of institution should be founded at Sweet Briar. Mrs. Wil- 
liams had directed in her will that "It shall be the general 
scope and object of the school to impart to its students 
such education in sound learning, and such physical, moral, 
and religious training as shall in the judgment of the 
Directors best fit them to be useful members of society." 
The way was thus left open to the Directors to establish 
any kind of school which in their opinion would best fit 
girls to be useful members of society. 

The one who, more than any other, had influence in 
determining the kind of institution to be founded was 
Bishop Alfred Magill Randolph, the first President of the 
Board. He was a Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South- 
ern Virginia, which then included this Southwestern Vir- 
ginia. He was, therefore, Mrs. Williams' Bishop. 

He was a scholar — especially in the fields of Philosophy 
and Theology. He was a great preacher — combining depth 
of thought with a gift of literary expression and richness 
of illustration, while his voice had something of the range 
and music of the organ. Phillips Brooks, his close friend, 
considered him the greatest preacher in the American 
Episcopal Church, and, with the exception of Phillips 
Brooks himself, he was. Bishop Randolph had great charm 
of personality. He had a deep human interest in all sorts 
of people, including the humblest. He had a keen sense of 
humor. He was a good talker and, like all people who are 
really charming, was a good listener. He was fond of the 
best in music and in art. He was one of the most delightful 
guests I have ever known. 

This is the man who was the first President of the 
Board of Directors and under whose influence the decision 
was made to make Sweet Briar a college of the highest 
academic rank. This, he thought, was the kind of school 
most needed, and the kind which would best fit girls for 
the duties of life. 

A second decision was also made chiefly under his in- 
fluence — that this college of high rank should be unde- 
nominational. With his prestige and power, he could cer- 
tainly have kept the college under the control of his own 
diocese and of himself. Every member of the first Board 
of Directors save one was a clergyman or layman under 
him. But Bishop Randolph had a fear of denominational 
partisanship He felt that the pursuit of truth should be 
untrammeled. Hence he surrendered the control of the 
college by his own church, and by himself, in order that it 

might have the freedom he thought so necessary. He was 
a broad-minded man, and would have agreed with Clement 
of Alexandria that "The Way of Truth is one, and into it, 
as into a never-failing river, flow streams from all sides." 
Such a free surrender of denominational and personal con- 
trol, when many felt he was doing wrong to make the 
surrender, was a truly generous and noble act, seldom 
paralleled — and it deserves to be commemorated by this 
college for all time. 

But in wishing Sweet Briar to be undenominational 
Bishop Randolph did not for a moment, wish it to be secu- 
lar or non-religious. His view of the world was profoundly 
spiritual. He realized "the loneliness of a soul in which 
there is no altar." He understood, more than any other man 
I have known, the place of Religion in life. But he had 
faith that the free and untrammeled search for Truth 
would lead to God, who has created in His children the 
desire to know. 

Such were the ideals of the first President of the Board 
of Directors. The college was founded within the terms of 
Mrs. Williams' will — and since Bishop Randolph was Mrs. 
Williams' Bishop and the Rev. Arthur Gray, the first Secre- 
tary of the Board, was her Pastor, it can be reasonably 
assumed that their decisions as to the nature of the College 
were in accord with her wishes. I stress this point because 
contrary ideas began to be circulated at the beginning, and 
still persist to this very day. So far as can be determined, 
Mrs. Williams was not primarily interested in the kind of 
educational institution to be founded. Her chief concern 
was to perpetuate the memory of her daughter Daisy — and 
she left it entirely to the first Board of Directors to de- 
termine the nature of the educational institution estab- 

No study of the history of Sweet Briar can neglect the 
importance of its location, its environment. A recent letter 
from Miss Caroline Sparrow puts it this way: "Sweet Briar 
had been a plantation, and it kept something of its past. 
Quiet rested upon its wide spaces of 2,900 acres. One was 
closer to sunsets and to dawns." 

The decisions and plans for the college had been made. 
It remained to put them into execution. The choice for 
the first President of the College fell upon Miss Mary K. 
Benedict. She was at the time only 32, and in those days 
there was less readiness to commit institutions into the 
hands of youth than there is now. 

The first President was the daughter of a Professor — a 
teacher of Psychology. Miss Benedict was therefore brought 
up in academic circles. She graduated at Vassar, and she 
pursued her graduate work at Yale University, taking her 
Ph.D. in Psychology. After that, she had experience in 
teaching before coming here. 

She arrived at Sweet Briar in the early summer of 1906 
to put into execution the plans of the Board of Directors. 
When the college opened in September with its 36 students. 
Miss Benedict was not only President but Dean as well. 
She had the highest standards for the new college — both 
academic and personal. She was in the closest touch with 
the students. She knew each one intimately, and what 
happened to each. She seemed to know by instinct what 
each one did and even thought. I used to tell her that in 

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this respect she reminded me of Ignatius Loyola, who was 
said even to know how many fleas bit each brother at night. 
I should like to quote Miss Sparrow again. "Miss Benedict 
radiated serenity, power. Here was a great soul. Pettiness 
disappeared. Problems of personality evaporated, tempers 
calmed, details fell into their proper place." 

She faced almost insuperable difficulties with infinite 
patience and courage. The first Briar Patch, published in 
1910, was dedicated to her in these words: "To our Presi- 
dent, Dr. Mary K. Benedict, whose example of noble 
womanhood has been an inspiration to our class, we dedi- 
cate this, the first volume of our Briar Patch, as a token 
of our respect, admiration, and love." The words of this 
Dedication could have been repeated by every class from 

The faculty in the early years were all young and full 
of the idealism of youth. They were a group of strongly 
marked individualities, but they were united in loyalty to 
the common cause. They had the joy and enthusiasm of 
creators and pioneers. 

The students shared this faith and cooperated with the 
President and faculty most loyally. They took upon them- 
selves responsibility for the standards and good name of 
the college. They, too, were fellow-laborers in a great 
cause. Neither students nor faculty lost faith in the fu- 
ture, even in the darkest days. Often I heard some one say: 
"Some day this will be a great college!" It is true that much 
of their labor showed no apparent results, but it was all 
laying deep foundations on which the college could build. 

The graduation of the first class in 1910 was a land- 
mark in the history of the college, and did much to en- 
courage the President and faculty. Bishop Randolph was 
to have preached the baccalaureate sermon, but he could 
not come, and at the last moment I had to take his place. 
I have never had a greater thrill than I had in preaching 
that first baccalaureate sermon in Room 1 of the Academic 
Building, then used as a Chapel. 

That first graduating class of only five ranks high 
among all Sweet Briar classes: Nan Powell, now Mrs. Wil- 
liam Hodges, has spent all of her life as a teacher — first at 
Sweet Briar, then as Principal of Chatham Hall, as Dean 
of Women at William and Mary College, where she mar- 
ried the Dean of Men, as Principal of Collegiate School in 
Richmond, and now as Principal of Stuart Hall in Staun- 
ton; Eugenia Griffin, now Mrs. Charles R. Burnett, taught 
before her marriage. She has been for some years on the 
Board of Directors of the College, and has sent two daugh- 
ters to Sweet Briar, both of whom have been Presidents of 
Student Government; Annie Cumnock, now Mrs. J. Gar- 
land Miller, who has also sent a daughter to Sweet Briar, 
interested her own father in the college so greatly that he 
became a very useful member of the Board of Directors 
and served for several years as Chairman of the Execu- 
tive Committee of the Board; Frances Murrell, now Mrs. 
Everingham Rickards, taught at Farmville and elsewhere 
after graduation. She has always kept in close touch with 
Sweet Briar, and her daughter graduated here in 1944; 
Louise Hooper, now Mrs. Arnold Ewall, taught school for 
several years, and she has spent her life in outstanding 
social service of various kinds. 

Thus, the first class of 1910 has had a distinguished 
record, and its members have all been useful alumnae. They 
all married! This was reassuring to many who in the early 
days feared that college education would interfere with 
marriage and be detrimental to domestic life. The 100% 
record of the first class at Sweet Briar helped to dissipate 
such fears. 

There have been many political, social, and religious 
changes since the early days of Sweet Briar. It will help 
you the better to visualize the college as it used to be, if 
I point out some of these changes. 

For one thing, women did not have the vote for many 
years after Sweet Briar was founded. While the agitation 
for Woman's Suffrage was not so keen and bitter in the 
United States as it was in England among the Suffragettes, 
there was a great deal of debate in this country. The con- 
troversy reached our quiet spot. Miss Mary Johnston, the 
author of To Have and To Hold, one of the best-sellers in 
fiction of the time, was asked to speak to the faculty on 
the suffrage question, about which she was a crusader. 
Miss Johnston began by describing very graphically all the 
evils of our American civilization and then she traced each 
terrible condition back to the exclusive male franchise. 
There were only four men in the group, and as she de- 
scribed each awful condition she would point her scornful 
finger at me, or at Dr. Humphries or Mr. Dew or Mr. 

Some time later, Mrs. Philip Snowden, the beautiful 
and eloquent wife of the English Labor Leader, spoke to 
the whole student body and again we men were pointed 
out as the sources of all evil! The controversy grew 

A short time after this, there was published in a Rich- 
mond paper an interview with a washer-woman up in 
Maine. When asked why she was opposed to woman's suf- 
frage, she replied, "I think if we can find some little thing 
the men can do without us, we ought to let 'em do it." 

There were two Dramatic Societies in the old days, and 
much interest in dramatics. And they were ambitious in 
the plays put on. One year they gave As You Like It, 
and the next, Twelfth Night. But there was one custom 
that will sound strange to modern ears. When girls took 
the part of men and wore not simply the doublet of Shakes- 
pear's time but modern trousers and coat and vest, it was 
not deemed proper for men to be present. In vain we men 
protested the loss of our rights! 

I will not say that there was no smoking among the 
girls in the early days. I can only say that I never saw any! 

The attitude to dogs was less Franciscan than it is 
now. I quote, "Be it resolved by the Executive Committee 
of the Board of Directors that no dogs shall be permitted 
to run at large on Sweet Briar property, but all dogs that 
are kept thereon shall be either kept confined on the prem- 
ises of the owner, or kept securely blocked." 

The college was much more isolated in the old days. 
Roads to Lynchburg were rough and hilly, and the road 
to Amherst impassable in some seasons. There were few 
autos then, and trips to Lynchburg were always by train. 
The trains were much fewer then, and even more uncer- 
tain. The beautiful road across the mountains to Lexington 


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had not then been built. The isolation of Sweet Briar 
was inconvenient, but it had its compensations. Life 
centered more on the college campus. There was closer 
fellowship between faculty and students. Week-end 
absences were necessarily few, and academic work was 
correspondingly helped. 

One of the happiest features of the life at Sweet Briar 
was the hospitality of the Walker family. Dr. Walker, 
father of Miss Ruby and Miss Winifred, was a delightful 
English gentleman, who then lived at St. Angelo. He and 
his charming wife and the seven children and Auntie who 
were then at home each played some musical instrument 
in the family orchestra. The Walker family entertained 
the whole college some two or three times a year, and 
they were "at home" each Thursday afternoon, when large 
numbers of faculty and students trekked over the hills 
tc their genial fireside. Such food! — and such fellowship! 

Chapel services were held daily, except Monday, with 
required attendance both Sunday and week-days. Due 
to the customs of that time and to the particular condi- 
tions at Sweet Briar, such required chapel created no 
problem. Indeed no one was conscious that it was 
required. Chapel attendance brought the whole college — 
President, faculty, and students, — together regularly in 
a corporate act of fellowship, aspiration, and worship. I 
am fully aware that the old customs are not possible 
now, nor desirable. But there has been loss as well as 
gain. The ideal, of course, would be to achieve voluntarily 
the values of the old system by a practically 100% attend- 
ance today. Some day some great college will reach this 
ideal. I covet for Sweet Briar this high honor. 

Time would fail me to tell of all the choice spirits to 
whom the college owes an immortal debt: Dr. Carl 
Grammer, for whom Grammer Hall is named, the second 
President of the Board of Directors, who more than any 
other was responsible for the choice of all three first Presi- 
dents of Sweet Briar; Mr. Fergus Reid, for whom Reid 
Hall was named — third President of the Board of Direc- 
tors, the generous donor of our splendid Library; Mr. N. C. 
M.mson, who was for many years Chairman of the 
Executive Committee of the Board, who gave his time 
and legal services without charge, and without whose 
services in the critical years it is doubtful if Sweet Briar 
could have survived; Mr. William B. Dew, our first 
Treasurer, who served the college 3 6 years — a longer term 
of service than any other — and who was an invaluable 
adviser of the first three Presidents; Dr. Mary Harley, 
College Physician for 29 years, to whose generosity and 
foresight we owe our Infirmary. She could detect a germ 
a mile away — and thus kept the college in health for a 
generation; all the teachers who have contributed things 
ponderable and imponderable in the years past, and have 
helped to make Sweet Briar what it is. 

It does not fall within the scope of my subject to 
speak of the notable contribution, unfortunately cut short 
by illness, of Miss McVea, our second President, — nor of 
the long and brilliant services of Miss Glass. 

But I may say in conclusion of all who have served 
Sweet Briar in any way, from the beginning to the present, 
from the highest to the humblest, that their names and 
deeds are written in the notebooks of the angels! 

And I should like to apply to them all the words of 
the epitaph in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, to Sir Chris- 
topher Wren, its architect: "If you would seek their 
monument, look around you!!" 

And to all the noble characters associated with the 
building of Sweet Briar, I think it fitting to apply the 
words of another: "A great character is like a great sanc- 
tuary. You visit it, you are inspired by it, you go away — 
and then — D«/_y begins!" 

Ina Larkin Edwards Fund 

Among the gifts an- 
nounced by Miss Glass at 
Commencement last June 
was the Ina Larkin Edwards 
Fund of $2,000, the income 
from which is to be used in 
the music department for 
the purchase of books, rec- 
ords and manuscripts. The 
gift was established in mem- 
ory of his wife by Mr. Percy 
Edwards, of Harrisburg, 

Alumnae who are of that 
small group which helped 
to establish Sweet Briar in 
1906 will recall Ina Larkin 
as one of their number. 
Small, dark and vivacious, she was chosen president of the 
newly-formed Student Government Association during 
that year and the "successful launching of its organization 
was due in large measure to her efforts," as one of her 
classmates said recently. At the end of the year she with- 
drew from Sweet Briar, but her fondness for the college 
lasted throughout her life. 

After living in Connecticut for several years following 
their marriage in 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards took their 
two sons and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they 
made their home for nearly ten years. Thereafter they 
moved to Oregon and settled in Eugene. Music, especially 
singing, was Mrs. Edwards' lifelong interest, one which 
she pursued seriously and intensely. She enjoyed working 
with and encouraging young singers. During her residence 
in Oregon she also developed an interest in gardening 
and became a member of the American Rose Society and 
other national organizations specializing in lilies and iris. 
Riding was another of Mrs. Edw r ards' chief pleasures, one 
which she continued to enjoy until illness forced her to 
give it up. 

Mrs. Edwards' death occurred in Eugene in December, 

Sweet Briar is grateful to her husband for his generous 
gift, the Ina Larkin Edwards Fund, which will make 
possible the continuing enrichment of material available 
to Sweet Briar girls for the study and enjoyment of music. 

October, 1946 


Students Abroad and At Home 

ONCE again, American students are going to Europe to 
study, to learn the customs of other lands, to observe 
the effects of the war upon the lives of people in those 
countries, to exchange ideas with young people of other 
nations, to make friends across the seas. Eleven Sweet 
Briar girls are of this number and one who was in Europe 
during the summer has returned to tell what she saw and 
heard there. 

Anne Dickson, '45, and Jane Lawrence, '46, are among 
the winners of graduate fellowships, 5 of which were 
offered by the French government to American students. 
They will enroll at the Sorbonne at the opening of the 
winter term in November, and they will live with a French 
family in Paris throughout the year. 

Three juniors, Mary Pierce, Caroline Rankin, and Mary 
Louise Lloyd, are attending the University of Geneva, 
where they are concentrating in French . . language, litera- 
ture, history and philosophy. Two June graduates, Mary 
Louise Holton and Caroline Rudulph, are also at Geneva, 
enrolled in the Graduate Institute of International Studies. 
All are members of the University of Delaware Foreign 
Study Group which ordinarily would have gone to Paris 
but which went to Switzerland instead this year because 
of the difficulty of making satisfactory living arrangements 
for such a large group in Paris. Mary Louise Wagner, 
also a junior, attended the German summer school at the 
University of Zurich and decided to remain there for the 

Clad in scarlet wool gowns, Patricia Traugott, Patricia 
Cansler, and Virginia Holmes have begun their courses 
as bejantines at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 
where they are the first Sweet Briar juniors enrolled since 
193 8-39. They report that they have been most warmly 
welcomed and there is no doubt that they are enjoying 
all of their new experiences. 

Meanwhile, Eleanor Bosworth, '47, who was selected 
as one of 25 American students to attend the International 
Student Service Conference at Girton College, Cambridge, 
this summer, has returned to Sweet Briar inspired by the 
acquaintances she made and by what she learned from the 
European students who met there. Eleanor also spent 
several weeks in France, during which time she visited 
Caen and other devastated cities of Normandy and 

On the campus there is a renewed interest in the des- 
perate plight of students in other lands. Sweet Briar has 
been brought in close touch with them, not only by the 
fellow-students who are now in Europe but also by the 
accounts of Prof. Joseph E. Barker and Miss Laura Buck- 
ham, both of whom spent the summer in France at the 
invitation of the French government, and of Miss Johanne 
Stockholm, who visited her family in Denmark for the 
first time in 10 years. 


From five different countries the students pictured have come 
to Sweet Briar: Ileana Garcia, from Puerto Rico, who has had 
two years at the University of Puerto Rico; Isabel Dzung, from 
China, who came to Sweet Briar last February; Maria Ortega, 
whose family came from Spain to Cuba, and who is starting her 
second year at Sweet Briar; Katherine Berthier, Monterey, Mexico, 
a junior; Alice Madlener, Buenos Aires, who entered in September 
with advanced standing; Alicia Iznaga, a freshman from Cuba. 

Sweet Briar also had a visit this fall from a most 
attractive young Italian medical student, Giovanna Ribet, 
now visiting colleges in this country on behalf of the 
World Student Service Fund. A member of the under- 
ground movement against the Nazis, Giovanna also 
managed to continue her studies in spite of many obstacles. 
She and Eleanor Bosworth met in Cambridge in July. 

An opportunity to turn interest into material benefits 
is being placed before the community this fall through 
the drive conducted jointly by the Relief and Funds 
committees. The goal is $5,000, of which $2,000 is for 
the support of the two foreign students now enrolled at 
Sweet Briar on scholarships, Isabel Dzung and Maria 
Ortega; $1,700 is designated for the World Student Service 
Fund; $1,000 for the sponsorship of an elementary school 
ir Paris under the auspices of the Save the Children 
Federation. The remainder will go to one or more as yet 
undetermined projects. 

Aid to foreign students is the keynote this fall and 
interest is high! 

The following news has just been received from the 
secretary of the University of Delaware's Foreign Study 
Committee: "I am very happy to add that Miss Rankin 
(Caroline) was one of the 13 students in our Group of 41 
to receive the University of Geneva's award of the 
Certificat d'Etudes." 

Caroline won this award for the excellence of her record 
at the close of the preliminary session of studies, which 
began August 27 and ended on October 4. 


Alumnae Neus 

Here and Now 

MISS LUCAS' busy calendar this fall includes visits 
to a number of alumnae groups, as well as speeches 
in various cities. Before college opened, late in August, 
she addressed the Lynchburg Lions Club on "Education 
and the United Nations," a talk which was broadcast over 
WLVA. She represented Sweet Briar at the inauguration 
of President Sarah Gibson Blanding at Vassar, and then 
she traveled to Montevallo, Alabama, where she was one 
of three speakers at the fiftieth anniversary celebration of 
the Alabama College for Women, her subject being 
"Women's Education in a Free Society." On the following 
day she was the guest of the Birmingham alumnae at 
luncheon in that city. In addition to her address at her 
own inauguration on November 1, Miss Lucas will speak 
at the joint meeting of the A. A. U. W. and the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Club in Richmond on November 12, and 
on November 2 1 she is scheduled to speak at Hollins 
College before the faculty and students at an evening 
convocation. "Religio Sisyphorum" is the title of her talk 
that evening. * * * * 

Dean Lyman was the guest speaker at the opening meet- 
ing this fall of the Richmond Alumnae Club. Husbands of 
alumnae, parents of students now in college and faculty 
members from schools and colleges in that city heard her 
speak on "Teaching Religion in College Today." The 
Richmond alumnae were delighted with the success of the 
meeting. Under the presidency of Adelaide Boze Glascock, 
'40, the group is planning a full schedule of activities 
for the year. * * * * 

"Carpetbaggers of 1946, or Reconstruction Hits the 
Refectory" was the title Mrs. Linda Spence Brown gave 
to her interesting talk in Convocation early in October. 
She explained what shortages of help and food were doing 
to the refectories, and what was being done to overcome 
them, as far as it is possible. The students learned that 
Mrs. Brown's problems are the same as their mothers', 
multiplied by several hundred. 

Volunteer waitresses are no longer being used this year, 
thanks to Mrs. Brown's success in obtaining waitresses in 
the county. Some 13 students, however, are earning money 
for part of their college expenses by working in the 
refectories, as has been the' case for more than a dozen 
years. . :: - :: * .;.- 

Sweet Briar has not yet gone co-educational. Twenty 
veterans applied for admission to Sweet Briar this fall 
in response to the announcement made in June that by 
vote of the faculty and with the consent of the Board 
of Overseers, male veterans of World War II, who live 
within commuting distance and could meet the entrance 
requirements, would be admitted to classes. None was able 
to gain entrance this semester. 

Stereoscopic chest X-rays for all members of the com- 
munity, carried out last February for the first time in 
conjunction with the Anti-Tuberculosis Association of 
Lynchburg, were completed for the second time on October 
22, 23, and 24. This is to be an annual event, for the 
protection of the entire community. 

Sweet Briar's charms brought return visits by Vox Pop 
and the Chicago Tribune's. Youth on the Campus reporter 
and photographer during the first month this fall. Vox 
Pop you may recall, staged its nationwide broadcast from 
Sweet Briar five years ago and it met with such success 
that Parks Johnson asked to be permitted to return with 
his 'gang', featuring Sweet Briar as the college-opening 
program of this year. The broadcast, staged in the gym, 
drew a large crowd from the surrounding communities 
and furnished the students with a great deal of fun and 

Less than a week later, Andy Pavlin and Eleanor Nangle, 
who had come to Sweet Briar three times since May, 1941, 
turned up again to take pictures of Sweet Briar girls and 
Sweet Briar's campus. Their weekly feature in the 
Chicago Tribune has covered the campus of almost every 
college and university in the land and its wide distribution 
has attracted the interest of many prospective students. 
Andy and Eleanor know so much about Sweet Briar now 
that they could qualify as honorary alumnae; they say 
they can't stay away very long! 

Fire prevention and protection came into its own at 
Sweet Briar during National Fire Prevention Week, early 
in October. The screaming sirens of the Amherst Fire 
Department's apparatus summoned the entire community 
to a mass meeting at noon on Monday, where Major 
Howard B. Morris, AUS, spoke briefly and then led the 
way to the east dell where, with the aid of Amherst 
volunteer firemen, he staged a demonstration of various 
types of extinguishers. Fire drills were staged at intervals 
throughout the week, and the fire wardens had special 
lessons in the handling of extinguishers. 



College Calendar 

1 — Inauguration of President Martha Lucas. 
3 — Sermon and Holy Communion: The Rt. 
Rev. Charles Clingman, Bishop of Ken- 
8-9 — Virginia Field Hockey Association Tour- 
10 — Service and Sermon: The Rev. John A. 
Redhead, First Presbyterian Church, 
Greensboro, N. C. 

November 17 — Service and Sermon: Prof. James T. Cle- 
land. Divinity School, Duke University. 

November 2 3 — Senior Show. 

November 24 — Service and Sermon: Dr. Archibald Black, 
First Congregational Church, Montclair, 
N. J. 

December 1 — Sermon and Holy Communion: The Rev. 
Alexander C. Zabriskie, Dean, Virginia 
Theological Seminary. 

December 8 — Service and Sermon: Dr. Arthur L. Kin- 
solving, Trinity Church, Princeton, N. J. 

December 13-14 — Paint and Patches production. 

December 1 5 — Christmas Service, Sweet Briar Choir. 

October, 1 94b 


Faculty Notes 

Miss Lisa Rauschenbusch, who was director of Paint 
and Patches' productions, in charge of speech work, and 
instructor in English at Sweet Briar since 1940, resigned 
her position here to accept an assistant professorship at 
the University of Rochester, New York, this fall. 

During the years she was at Sweet Briar, Miss Rauschen- 
busch worked wonders with the students under her direc- 
tion in presenting productions of a truly remarkable 
quality. The inconveniences of the tiny stage in Fletcher 
Auditorium were merely a challenge to her and their 
ingenuity. The idol of P & P, she also endeared herself 
tc her faculty colleagues and her presence is greatly missed 
in a wide variety of campus activities, ranging from the 
intellectual to the purely entertaining. Her departure is 
a real loss to Sweet Briar, as alumnae and students who 
had the privilege of working with her will agree. 

News of the marriage, on September 3, of Miss Marion 
Benedict and Wallace E. Rollins will be of interest to many 
Sweet Briar alumnae. Dr. Rollins, who was professor of 
-eligion and college chaplain from 1908 to 1911, returned 
to the campus in 1940 to make his home following his 
retirement as dean of the Episcopal Seminary of Virginia 
a': Alexandria, and Mrs. Rollins has been teaching religion 
at Sweet Briar for the past 1 8 years. She is continuing her 
work as professor of religion and head of that department. 

Alumnae who attended Sweet Briar in 1925-26 will 
welcome the news that the former Mile. Anais Liron, who 
taught French here that year, survived the war and that 
she is living in Paris with her husband, Leonce Devaux, 
and her small daughter, Ghislaine. Her letters to Miss 
Harriet Rogers are most interesting, and we are indebted 
to Miss Rogers for permission to reprint the following 
brief excerpts from three of her letters: 

"I enjoyed your news of S. B. and the description of the 
fall there very much. Though it is exactly 20 years ago I 
was there, I remember the place so well and all the 
details you gave brought it back home to me. Just imagine 
Dr. Harley being so active and energetic at her age!" 

"The Alumnae News I enjoyed very much; some of 
the alumnae's names I recognized as students of 2 5-26, 
and I recognized Miss Ames and Miss Glass in the pictures. 
I felt 20 years younger as I looked at the news of the 
buildings and campus. Sweet Briar seems to have developed 
enormously since!" 

"I was so interested in the Alumnae News, I read 
things about Miss Morenus, Mrs. Dew, Mr. Worthington, 
Miss Mattie and Gay, etc. . . . I respectfully handle such a 
beautiful thing made of so beautiful paper, with such 
pleasant photographs. Some of the girls' names I recog- 
nize here and there." 

Mme. Devaux' address is: 39 rue Cardinet, Paris 17eme. 

Everyone wants to know, "What is Miss Glass doing?" 
This is what she says: 

"I know how you feel when people ask you what I 
am doing. They ask me, and I feel like the returned gradu- 
ate at college, always greeted with that question. The days 
fly, but I am doing nothing worth chronicling. Hours 
go into letters almost daily. I love not being forgotten. 

"I am happy loafing, doing some of the household 
chores, seeing people, reading, making potpourri of 
exquisite rose leaves . . No house yet." 

Lest you think that that is all of the truth, it will 
be well to add that since September 1, when she returned 
from England where she went to attend the first post- 
war meeting of the Council of the International Federa- 
tion of University Women, Miss Glass has been besieged 
with calls to speak to A.A.U.W. branches, from Rotary, 
and from Home Demonstration Clubs. She spoke at A. A. 
U. W. meetings in Williamsburg, Danville, Charlotte, and 
Wilmington, Del., early in October. Polly Bissell Ridler, 
'17, is the president of the Wilmington branch, by the 

When Dabney S. Lancaster was formally installed as 
president of Farmville State Teachers College at Farm- 
ville, Virginia, on October 24, Sweet Briar's President- 
emeritus, Miss Glass, was the principal speaker at the 
inaugural exercises. 

Mr. Lancaster, who assumed his new duties on July 1, 
resigned his post as Superintendent of Public Instruction 
for the State of Virginia in order to accept this college 
presidency. Alumnae who know him as a member of the 
Board of Directors of Sweet Briar, those who met him 
when he was Executive Secreary to the Board of Overseers 
from 1937 to 1941, not to mention those who know him 
as the father of three Sweet Briar graduates, join in con- 
gratulating Farmville upon its appointment of Dr. Lan- 
caster as president and in wishing for him all possible 
happiness and satisfaction in his new position. 


Alumnae Neus 

New Faculty and Staff Members 

COLLEGE opened this fall with a new president and 
11 new faculty and staff members: Laurence G. 
Nelson, assistant professor of English, Ph.D., University 
of Virginia, M.A., University of Texas, B.A., Luther Col- 
lege, who has taught at Hampden-Sydney and for the past 
three years at William and Mary; Miss Mary Anne Lee, 
graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College, M.A., 
University of Wisconsin, who has taught at Randolph- 
Macon, Cornell, and in several secondary schools; C. 
Noble Gilpin, instructor in music and director of the Choir 
and Glee Club, holder of bachelor's and master's degrees 
from Syracuse University who has been in the army for the 
past four years; Franz K. Bemheimer, instructor in art, 
holder of the master of arts and master of fine arts degrees 
from Yale, who also studied in Munich, Rome, Hamburg 
and Zurich before coming to this country in 1939; Miss 
Mary Elzabcth Wilson, instructor in English in charge 
of speech work and play production, holder of bachelor's 
and master's degrees from Cornell, where she has had 
four years of experience in the university theatre; Mrs. 
Flora Levi-iy Ancona, instructor in Romance languages, 

who studied at the universities of Florence, Palermo, 
Naples, and Santander before coming to this country in 
1939 and who has taught at Bennett Junior College and 
Chatham Hall; Miss Dorothy V. Estes, instructor in 
physics, graduate of Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and 
holder of a master's degree from the University of Virginia; 
Miss Lena C. Anna, assistant in biology, graduate of Acadia 
University, Nova Scotia. Dr. Frank H. Ellis, jr., graduate 
of Washington and Lee and of the medical school of Van- 
dcrbilt University, who was appointed acting college 
physician during the year's leave of absence of Dr. Carol 
M. Rice who is on the staff of the Student Health Center 
of the University of Wisconsin. Miss Helen Howell, part- 
time teacher of piano, directs the choir and is organist 
at St. Paul's Church in Lynchburg. 

Mrs. Bernice D. Lill, registrar, returned to her duties 
after three and a half years of service as an officer in the 
Navy and Miss Belle Boone Beard is back at Sweet Briar 
after a year's leave of absence to do research at Vanderbilt 
University under a Julius Rosenwald grant. Miss Beard 
will be chairman of the Division of Social Studies for 
the next two years. 


Elizabeth Van Aken came to Sweet Briar early in 
September as the new assistant to the Alumnae Secretary, 
a post which was created to help take care of the expanding 
activities of the Alumnae Association. 

Betty comes from 
Amsterdam, New York, 
and she is a 1945 graduate 
of the New Jersey College 
for Women. In college she 
majored in English, was 
poetry editor of the liter- 
ary magazine and adver- 
M tising manager of the year- 

book. For the past year 
she worked in the business 
offices of the General Elec- 
tric company in Schenec- 
tady. She has held summer 
jobs of various kinds, in- 
cluding that of desk clerk 
at a hotel in Madison, Con- 
necticut; playground su- 
pervisor in her home city; 
work in a factory and cashier in a shoe store. For a year 
before she went to college she was assistant in the Girl 
Scout office in Amsterdam. 

Things in the Alumnae office have been humming along 
at a great rate this fall, thanks to Betty's helping hands and 
head, her friendliness and her sense of humor. She began 
her new job by preparing the entire Alumnae Fund Report 
for 1945-46 which has recently been mailed to all alumnae. 
She also wrote much of the copy for the Sweet Briar Pre- 
view which accompanied the Fund Report. 

Tau Phi 

SIXTEEN upperclass students, eleven seniors and five 
juniors, were named to membership in Tau Phi at 
the close of the first step-singing of the fall, on Sunday 
afternoon, October 6. The new seniors include: Eleanor 
Bosworth, Memphis; Catherine Fitzgerald, Union City, 
Indiana; Barbara Golden, Columbus, Georgia; Laura Lee 
Grogan, Fort Worth, Texas; Elizabeth Knapp, Dayton; 
Marguerite de Lustrac, Norfolk; Mary Stuart McGuire, 
Richmond; Margaret Munnerlyn, Jacksonville; Lois Ripley, 
Shaker Heights, Ohio; Anne Webb, Concord, New 

Of the five new junior members, two are in Europe 
this year. They are Mary Louise Lloyd, Dowingtown, 
Pennsylvania; and Patricia Traugott, Norfolk. The others 
are: Marion Bower, Richmond; Westray Battle Boyce, 
Washington; Jane Leach, Milwaukee. 

Katherine Street, Chattanooga, is president of Tau Phi, 
and the other members chosen last year are: Judith Bur- 
nett, Richmond; Ernestine Banker, Kingston, Pennsylvania; 
Joan McCoy, Birmingham. 

Among the members of Tau Phi this year there 
are a number of girls who have a special interest for 
alumnae. Katherine Street holds the Manson Scholarship; 
Anne Webb is the first holder of the Mary K. Benedict 
Scholarship; Margurite de Lustrac is a granddaughter of 
the late Fergus Reid, former president of the Board of 
Directors and a staunch friend of Sweet Briar for many 
years; Mary Louise Lloyd is the sister of Lucy Lloyd, '41; 
Marion Bower is the sister of Ann Bower, '45; and Judith 
Burnett is the daughter of Eugenia Griffin Burnett, '10, 
and the sister of Eugenia Burnett Affel, '42. 

October, 1946 


Professor Barker Reports On France 

LESS than a week after he stepped out of a trans- 
atlantic plane from Paris in New York, Prof. Joseph 
E. Barker, chairman of the Romance languages department, 
stepped onto the platform as the speaker at the opening 
Convocation at Sweet Briar on September 20. Selections 
from his interesting address, with its pictures of life in 
France during the past summer, are herewith made avail- 
able to alumnae readers. 

"A little before the middle of June, along with about a hundred 
other teachers of French chosen to represent all parts of the United 
States and all types of schools and colleges, I received an invitation 
from the Cultural Services of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
to spend two months in France and resume contact with French col- 
leagues. The invitation, by agreement with the American Department 
of State, carried a priority for passport and passage over, and guaran- 
teed food and lodging in France, as well as return passage by boat. 
. . . Even with a government priority, however, a number of the 
invited American teachers were not able to find transportation — 8 5 
actually made the trip, of whom three others were from Virginia; 
Miss Laura Buckham of Sweet Briar, Mrs. Philip Scruggs of Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, and Madame Henriette Fallwell of Roanoke 
High School. 

"A considerable number of cultural exchanges are taking place 
between France and the United States this year. You may have read 
about the visit of forty young French farmers sent over to study 
American farming methods. In addition, the French government is 
sending here for study and research; 1 S agriculturalists, 1 5 doctors, 
6 agreges or holders of advanced degrees (aggregation) in literature 
and languages, S law students, and numerous engineers and techni- 
cians. On the trip going over I shared a cabin with a distinguished 
surgeon of Bordeaux and Paris who had just completed a four months 
lecture and observation tour of American medical schools and hos- 
pitals. American colleges and universities have awarded full or partial 
scholarships to 98 French students for this year, most of whom, be- 
cause of the devalued franc, could not have accepted if the French 
government had not assumed part of their traveling expenses .... 
"Also let me share with you the news that the French government, 
through the Institute of International Education in New York, has 
awarded SO scholarships for graduate study in France this year. Be- 
cause of the generous scholarship and financial aid given in the past 
by Sweet Briar College and by the students and faculty to students 
from France, two of these scholarships have been awarded to Sweet 
Briar graduates, Anne Dickson, '45, and Jane Lawrence, '46. Most 
of these graduate students will study at the University of Paris and 
will live in the American Foundation dormitory at the Cite Univer- 
sitaire .... 

"We have artificial shortages in this country, but after two months 
in France and a brief stop in England I wonder if we have any right 
to talk about our shortages as we do, so little do they affect our way 
of living. 

"Life in France and many other countries has been fundamentally 
changed by five years of bombardment and oppression, and young stu- 
dents and elderly people are among those most affected. Many are the 
accounts of individual suffering on the part of students and professors 
chat I could tell you — but I will relate only one, the tragedy in the 
family of old friends of mine, Professor and Madame Gouhier, whom 
[ have known since 1928. M. Gouhier is professor of philosophy at 
the University of Paris, and he has been able to buy only one suit of 
clothes since 1940. Just a few short days ago he greeted me cordially 
In an apartment where the thermometer stood at SO degrees, and led 
me to the room where his wife has spent more than two years in pain 
ind nervous exhaustion. She insisted on my coming because she 
wanted to thank me personally for the sweet chocolate I had brought 
her, the first she had. had since 1940. Their two children were in the 
country for reasons of health. Mme. Gouhier's mother, who had lived 
with them for years, and who never went out of the apartment except 
with her daughter, was no longer there, because she was of Jewish 
descent, though a Catholic by faith. In July, 1944, the Allied armies 

were advancing and the German armies were retreating, but the daily 
round-up of Jews, political deportees, and members of the Resistance 
still continued. On July 19 the Gestapo called at the door of the 
Gouhiers' apartment and carried away the next victim on its list. No 
reasons were given, there were none to give. The mother was taken 
to a gas chamber at Auswicz, and for some weeks afterwards Madame 
Gouhier expected a similar call. She has never recovered from the 

"The physical destruction of this war extends over a much greater 
area than that of the earlier world war, and is much more terrible. I 
saw its effect in Le Havre, Lorient, Nantes, and Tours. Other cities 
I found crowded with refugees who talked wistfully of pre-fabricated 
houses and barracks that might come from America. Railroad tracks, 
bridges, cars, and locomotives are being miraculously rebuilt, but there 
is not enough capital or material for reconstruction of schools, homes, 
stores, and factories. French coal mines are producing more coal than 
before the war, but France has not yet been given her full share of 
foreign coal, coal that she had to import before the war and that she 
needs now more than ever. Most of the coal available must go to in- 
dustry if France is ever to get on her feet again. Industry needs coal 
and raw materials, and to get them, French wines, perfume, fashions, 
and luxury articles must be sold abroad for dollars and pounds. The 
American loan finances the purchase of wheat, coal, and machinery 
for farms and factories, but it is largely used up already and it must 
be paid back eventually. Hence industry must exporr and sales in home 
markets must be strictly limited. Yes, France has state socialism, so 
does England; but do you think we might not resort to similar meas- 
ures if we were in the same financial position? 

"Speaking of coal it makes me blush to think of the overabun- 
dance of heat in our classrooms at Sweet Briar. In the winter of 
194S-46 French families had enough coal to heat their homes for a 
week or so. The allotment has been increased by 100 pounds for this 
coming winter. The ration varies somewhat in the north and south, but 
the average will be about 400 pounds for the entire winter. Last 
week I wore an overcoat when consulting books in the National 
Library in Paris. Next December readers there will put on gloves as 
well as overcoats. Briarites in France, Scotland, and Switzerland even, 
will do their home study this winter wrapped in coats and blankets, 
or propped up in bed to keep warm. They will be far better off than 
countless people who do not have the money to buy their ration of 
coal, nor to buy such warm clothing as is available for their ration 
tickets. Most everything is rationed, yet stores in the provinces are so 
empty of stocks that many of them close three days a week, others 
sell what they have at double prices on the black market. A man's 
suit is supposed to be rationed at $3 to $40 but may be sold on the 
black market for $100. No one could get new clothes during the 
occupation except "blackmarketeers." My nephew, a medical student, 
has had no new suits since 1940 when he was 14. In the two years 
since the liberation he has not been able to find a suit for his ration 
ticket. He is wearing old clothes of mine; that is all he has. Many 
schools and colleges in France are now getting clothes for their stu- 
dents and supplies for the school room through the generosity of 
American schools and colleges which have adopted them. France does 
not receive United Nations Relief. 

"Prices of food and clothing, legitimate prices, have increased 
1,000% in France since 1939, whereas wages and salaries have only 
increased (last month) by 25%. It takes about 80% of the average 
family's earnings to buy food alone. The ration for meat, just to 
take one example, is still only about J /2 pound a week per person, and 
the cost from fifty cents to two dollars per pound. Additional meat 
can be bought on the legitimate market when available, according to 
the Farge plan, but at prices far above the rationed price and out of 
the reach of most families. Butter, milk, and chocolate are rationed in 
small quanties to young children and elderly people. On the black 
market the rich can buy butter at $1.50 a pound, or eggs at $1.60 
a dozen, as compared with sixty cents at Sweet Briar. 

"In short, the cost of food and clothing is higher now in France 
than in the United States and the scale of wages and salaries in France 
is roughly only one quarter to one third as high as in the United 
States. Teachers in particular are underpaid in France, and many of 


Alumnae \'< u s 


Sweet Briar's connection with the newly-created Atomic 
Energy Commission has suddenly become very close, with 
the recent appointment of one of our faculty members, 
Egbert S. Wengert, as a consultant to the Commission. 
During the next few weeks he will spend considerable time 
in Washington. 

Mr. Wengert was appointed by the Commission's chair- 
man, David E. Lilienthal, to assist in planning the transfer 
of the Manhattan District project to the Commission, and 
to help establish personnel policies, to both of which tasks 
Mr. Wengert brings a wealth of training and experience. 

Associate professor of government and first holder of 
the Carter Glass Chair at Sweet Briar, Mr. Wengert's special 
field is public administration. He was on leave from his 
teaching here from March, 1942, until September, 1945, 
during which time he worked for OPA in Washington, 
dealing chiefly with administrative and personnel organi- 
zational problems. 

them to avoid starvation have given up teaching and taken jobs in 
commerce and industry. There are fewer candidates in the normal 
schools. All this at a time when students are flocking to school and 
college much as in this country. Because of the paper shortage text- 
books have to be shared, sometimes by as many as a dozen students. 
The present French government is making heroic efforts to stop infla- 
tion, and measures taken in the last few weeks to raise wages and 
salaries and limit the rise of prices hold out hope for the future, not 
only in the opinion of French economists but also according to that 
of informed American economists. The next few months will show 
whether this hope is true or false. 

"The spirit of liberty, equality, and fraternity of the French 
eighteenth century philosophers which so influenced the founding 
fathers of our own republic is still strong in France, in spite of the 
efforts of the former Vichy regime to the contrary. In fact, it is 
stronger than ever, and the parties of the left rnd the right are work- 
ing together. The voters in a free election have rejected one con- 
stitution, and will soon exercise their right to accept or reject the 
new constitution that is being fashioned in the national legislative 

"The Peace Conference is meeting in Paris. There is as much doubt 
in France as to what this conference will bring forth as there is here. 
The average Frenchman sees it as largely a struggle for influence be- 
tween England and the United States on one hand and Russia on the 
other. The French press interpreted a recent speech of Secretary 
Byrnes at Stuttgart as a bid against Russia for the favor of a restored 
Germany. In the New York Hcrald-Tribuuc of September IT, William 
L. Shirer gave it a similar interpretation, and commented grimly that 
the winner of the contest will be not Russia, not America — but 
Germany. On the international scene today the French see little hope 
of lasting peace and no assurance of future security for France. 

"There is little optimism or gayety in "France today; the epoch 
of Paris boulevardiers and swinging canes is long since nothing but a 
myth. A small minority have followed Jean-Paul Sarte into what ap- 
pears to be a philosophy of disillusionment, existentialism. The exis- 
tentialists frequent the Cafe de Flore, where real coffee, black market 
coffee, may be had day in and day out at forty francs a cup, as com- 
pared with four francs for the mixture of roasted barley that is still 
served in most places and is popularly known as 'national coffee' . . . 

"France lacks many things but certainly does not lack intellectual 
activity. The number of newspapers, magazines, and books that appear 
is truly remarkable for a country which is so shore of paper. Limited 
editions of new books and new editions of the classics are sold out 
almost as soon as they reach the shops. The theater and cinema are 
throbbing with renewed activity. American plays {six were being 
played in Paris theaters last week), American films, and American 
books are also in great demand. One of the best sellers is still Gone 
With the Wind — Autunt en emporte le vent. Forbidden by the Ger- 

Wcmted: Alam?tae Secretary 

The resignation of Helen H. McMahon as 
Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Alumna: 
Association, to become effective in June, 1947, 
has been received with very great regret by the 
Alumna: Council. 

Alumna: who are interested in applying for 
the position of Executive Secretary-Treasurer 
should make inquiry as soon as possible by writing 
to: Mrs. T. K. Scott, 3606 Plymouth Place, 
Lynchburg, Virginia. 

mans during the occupation, as were all American books, it once sold 
for as high as $20 a copy on the black market, because of the 
parallels that could be drawn between the suffering of the south after 
the war between the states and the suffering of occupied France. 
Scholars inquire eagerly about learned journals and technical books 
that have appeared in the United States since 1939. They are not yet 
in the libraries or in the bookshops, because dollars cannot be spared 
for their purchase. Father Duprey, principal of Saint Martin's school 
for boys, for example, asked me if I knew of anyone who could send 
him copies of educational, journals. Franco Venturi, son of the famous 
art critic, himself an eminent Diderot scholar, spent six years in prison 
and concentration camps in Spain and Italy. Since the liberation of 
Italy he has nevertheless published two books and has three others in 
preparation, but he has seen no American publications since 193 9, 
except those I gave him in Paris this summer. The invitation to 
American professors this summer is another evidence of the wide- 
spread desire in France for the resumption of cultural exchange with 
democratic America. 

"Here at Sweet Briar a new academic year is beginning tonight 
under conditions of physical and intellectual well-being which do not 
now exist in any other country in the world. These rare privileges 
are not given us without corresponding responsibilities. As Americans 
we are under higher moral obligations than ever before in our history 
to think in terms not of ourselves alone but of the world. A war- 
weary and famished humanity is looking to us for material help, and 
for intellectual and spiritual inspiration and leadership. 

"Let us not fail a world in need!" 

Shortly thereafter, The Daily Advance, evening news- 
paper in Lynchburg, commented editorially on Prof. 
Barker's talk and its effect on the students to whom it was 
addressed. The writer said in part: "he observedly reached 
his audience of college students, reached their hearts and 
heads to a degree that was encouraging to witness . 

"This young generation will have perhaps the major, 
the real burden to carry. Their elders must continue to 
recognize this and aid them to knowledge and responsi- 
bility in relation to the problems they face . that they 
are able and ready to do what is required of them, inescap- 
ably required . . . 

"It is moving and strengthening to witness college stu- 
dents responding as they did to Dr. Barker's exposition 
of the present status of France. We must help ourselves, 
fully and responsibly, but also help those other nations, 
our friends, in order that we may all stand and grow 
and go forward, else separately and collectively go down." 

October, 1946 


Alumna Author's First Novel 

■**■ a 

Doubtless many Sweet Briar 
alumna: have read Jean Bolcy's 
sketches of Argentina in the New 
Yorker and Harper's without 
knowing that she is the former 
Jean Bessclievre, ex'3 5. Jean re- 
turned to campus in September 
with Kitty Marshall Hamill, '34, 
for her first visit in more than 
a decade. She has been living 
in Buenos Aires almost that long, 
returning to this country for 
short visits every few years. Her 
first novel, reviewed here, has 
been very well received by the 
critics; her second is to be pub- 
lished in 1947, she says. 

JEAN BOLEY'S The Restless is aptly titled for it is 
a novel of seeking, of seeking for independence and 
self-expression. The end product is the concrete real- 
ization that life holds disappointment, things are very 
seldom what they have been dreamed. The heroine says, 
"You've got to be prepared mentally, be always expect- 
ing change. There's only one certainty, that's uncertainty 
The one fact that remains true in the modern world 
or any other world is that all things change." 

The story is of Emily Hollin, age 3 3, mother of two 
children, and her search for release from the slick con- 
ventions that tether her. She embarks with her husband 
for his new job in South America. On the boat, free of 
the habitual routines of Westchester, she begins to culti- 
vate her dormant courage with a pre-meditated squelch- 
ing of husband Paul. Paul is well-groomed perfection, 
superbly polished in company, but the suave brilliance 
becomes affectation and condescending superiority without 
the crowd. Emily dares to defy him spiritually and finally 
in an open break. In Argentina she completes the rift by 
leaving him to seek freedom. This freedom is not just 
a release from her marriage but the emancipation of will, 
the Preamble's "pursuit of happiness." She craves artistic 
expression and security, in and of themselves, as well as 
in human relationships. The pursuit is a yearning which 
she finds herself unable to fulfill satisfactorily, even in part, 
until she turns back to the role of the depended-upon. 

Miss Boley's penetrating observation of Emily's mental 
and emotional status is the book. The thought processes 
are superbly handled with the action to hold the reader's 
interest while the philosophizing, the ins and outs of 
theme, permeate the consciousness. Moreover, this is not 
a slender picture of one woman, or of one woman and 
two men, but a broad one, embracing two continents, 
assorted cultures, and the chaotic characters and stand- 
ards that emerge from the varied melange of experiences. 
Especially noteworthy is the delineation of the interaction 
of personality and occupation, of the fundamental inclina- 
tion that leads one to a field of work and the shaping of 
person by work. 

Paul is the closest that Miss Boley comes to a typed 
character, save in some very minor people who must, 

perforce, fit a preconceived mold. The others are indi- 
viduals, moderns, the net results of the restless insecurity 
that is their existence. It could be argued that they skim 
reality by virtue of the "abnormal" circumstances which 
have formed their personalities. However, so little of the 
world today is unruffled and conventionally normal that 
this criticism should be invalidated. To my mind, Miss 
Boley neatly compressed several aspects of the basic unrest 
of contemporary life into The Restless. 

The glimpse of lands still distant to the majority of 
Americans is effortlessly achieved. Conviction is lent to 
her description of things unfamiliar by the clear accuracy 
of her accounts of those better known. The setting of 
place moods is artfully done with mass characterizations 
in the Walt Whitman tradition. 

The strongest element .in the novel is one with which 
many will disagree — the philosophies of Emily. The bare 
truths contained therein are self-evident, but the reactions 
to these concepts may be quarrelled with by some. At any 
rate, the concepts are valid and Emily's feelings are in 
accordance with the exposition of her personality. I 
found what I believe to be the central theme in this 

"Now . . . she knew for the first time clearly that a 
woman had no independence. She could not, like a man, 
run wild over the earth and call it her own. She could 
not thus risk her happiness and the happiness of those 
around her. What a woman knew of defiance had to be 
gained from observation from behind the bars of her 
maternity. She must find her beauty in the world of 
convention, her freedom must be the freedom of dis- 
cipline, her genius must be the genius, not of invention, 
but of adaptation. She could not build her own house, 
but must, by her ingenuity, make of the house built for 
her a place beautiful to see." 

The total development of Emily is a straightforward 
analysis — without pseudo psychoanalysis. Many will enjoy 
the novel for the keen intellect which has shaped it, even 
if they differ with its philosophy. In the facing of things 
as they are there is much realism but nothing sordid. The 
entirety has a fresh taste in its honesty. It is good to know 
that Miss Boley expects to publish another book next fall. 
— B. V. A. 


Alumnae Council members who came to the Inaugura- 
tion and remained for the regular fall meetings of the 
Council were: Elizabeth Pinkcrton Scott, '36; Edith Dur- 
rell Marshall, '21; Margaret Thomas Kruesi, ex-'12; Louise 
Hammond Skinner, '19; Isabel Wood Holt, '19; Gertrude 
Dally Massie, '22; Grace Merrick Twohy, '24; Kittie Blount 
Andersen, '26; Amelia Hollis Scott, '29; Ruth Hasson 
Smith, '3 0; Norvell Royer Orgain, '3 0; Sally Shallenberger 
Brown, '32; Alma Martin Rotem, 36; Anne Mcjunkin 
Briber, '43; Gerry Mallory, '3 3. 

Margaret Banister, '16, made her first appearance as a 
member of the Board of Overseers, and Elsetta Gilchrist 
Barnes, '27, member since 1943, was also present. 


Alumnae News 

My Year At Sweet Briar 

(Reprinted by permission of the A. A. U. W. Journal) 
By Elizabeth Jansma, ex '48, Amsterdam, Holland 

BEFORE the American Association of University 
Women granted me an undergraduate scholarship for 
a year of study in the United States, about which I want 
to tell you a few words, my home was in Amsterdam, 
Holland. It was there that I received my entire prepara- 
tory education and finished the Lyceum, a Dutch high 
school of six years, in June, 1945. 

I don't want to say that I had a horrible time during 
these difficult last war years, for that is never the case 
when you are among good friends, but it certainly was 
a hard time. The lyceum-building was closed because of 
lack of fuel, and the professors had to teach at our 
homes to keep the work going.^ We had to lack every- 
thing, not only laboratories, books, and notebooks but 
also necessary good food, light (there was no electric 
light and no gas for heating) and means of transporta- 
tion, so that you had to walk terribly long distances. And 
when the Germans started transporting the men to Ger- 
man factories for slave labor the boys in our class had 
to hide themselves and could not come to classes any 
more. Therefore I can call myself very fortunate that 
I was able to continue my studies although with difficulty 
and graduate when the war was just over in June. 

Then it was time to select my major subject and enter 
the University of Amsterdam, but it was still uncertain 
if the university, which had been disorganized by the 
Germans in 1942, could offer the course in law I wanted 
to take. The opportunity for good and serious study was 
— and still is — very small because there were but a few 
professors and hundreds of new students. 

Just at that time the AAUW offered me a scholarship 
for a year of study at an American college, a wonderful 
opportunity to continue my study and a unique chance 

Mrs. Frederic H. Scott, President 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 
Sweet Briar College 
Dear Elizabeth: 

I want to express to the Alumnae my gratitude 
for the gift of the beautiful bracelet and for the 
words of appreciation which accompanied it. 

Sweet Briar and I were both young when I first 
came, and we have grown up together. I am proud 
to have had a share in the progress of the college 
and in the teaching of such a body of alumnae 
as ice now have. Few teachers have the privilege 
of such a long continuous association with an 
institution nor the satisfaction of seeing the 
results of their efforts. 

1 assure yon my interest uill not cease with 
my retirement, for I expect to keep in touch with 
the college and you. 

With many thanks and best wishes. 
Yours faithfully, 
I une 1, 1946. Eugenie M. Morenus 

to get to know the United States and the life and thoughts 
of the young Americans! It is impossible to describe my 
happiness when the dream of my life, to see America, 
suddenly came true. 

My first impressions of an American college, when I 
had arrived at Sweet Briar College, Virginia, were more 
those of the girl than those of the student (as they ought 
to be), because I had to get used to all the things that 
we had missed for so long and everybody in the States 
considers as his good right. So my first impressions will 
seem somewhat odd to you. For example; I was amazed 
at the prettiness, the careless happiness of the average 
college girl, amazed at the plentifulness of everything 
everywhere around me, even amazed at the well-fed, shiny 
appearance of the plowing horses in the fields outside of 
my window. 

But these things only caught my attention for a short 
while; after that I started to appreciate college life, college 
work, in short: college education. 

The system of a liberal arts college, which we don't 
know in the Netherlands, seems to me an excellent way 
of preparing young men and women for life as well as 
for further study and specialization. And although it is 
hard to express in a few sentences, I want to try to 
explain to you what this year at Sweet Briar College has 
brought to me and of what great profit it will always 
prove to be in my further life. 

I got acquainted with American people; that means, in 
my case, with five hundred young American women from 
practically every corner of the United States and from 
them I learned that all we hear about the American woman 
is not true and simply movie fiction. The college woman 
I met is in many cases indeed pretty but much more 
important is her serious-mindedness, her friendliness, and 
her typical sense of humor that enables her to overcome 
the most difficult situations. Most of the girls I have met 
at Sweet Briar College had a strong sense of duty and 
were exact and careful students with a vivid interest in 
everything about them. They hated to complain or to 
wait with doing things that could be done right this 
moment. There are a great many things that I have learned 
from them that will always be a help for me in my later 

While studying at S. B. C. I got interested in numerous 
subjects that came up in the courses I had taken or that 
I happened to find in research work myself. Every day 
brought new and interesting matters and I enjoyed study- 
ing as never before. And when I start specializing myself 
in international law next year, I know that I shall always 
be happy to have had this chance to widen my field of 
interest, to have gone deeper into the history of the 
American people and the study of English, which will 
prove to be of great help for my future major subject. 

Therefore I am extremely glad that the opportunity is 
given to me in these lines to thank the members of the 
AAUW with all my heart. I cannot thank you enough 
for this wonderful year of study in the United States, just 
as I cannot sum up all its profits to me because there is 
simply too much. But there is one thing I want to tell 
you: this year has not only been a good one for my study, 
it also has been a very happy one among a great, marvelous 
and happy people and I thank you for that too! 

October, 1946 


Class Notes 


Secretary: Marion L. Peele, 602 Fairfax 
Avenue, Apt. 1-C, Norfolk 7, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Margaret Potts (Mrs. Henry 
H. Williams) 120 East 75th Street, New York 
21, N. Y. 



Fund Agent: Eugenia Griffin (Mrs. Charles 
R. Burnett) 5906 Three Chopt Road, Rich- 
mond 2 1, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: 

3 5-Year Reunion, June, 1947 
Secretary: Loulie M. Wilson, 2034 16th 
Street, Washington, D. C. 
Fund Agent: Margaret Thomas (Mrs. Paul 
Kruesi) River view, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 


Class Secretary: Mary Pinkerton Kerr (Mrs. 
James Kerr) , Spotsylvania, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Eugenia Buffington (Mrs. 
Russell Walcott), Tryon, North Carolina. 

We need a new secretary. I enjoy the lit- 
tle bit I do but I live far away from my 
former homes and I have a heavier schedule 
at school this year, so I think someone else 
could do much better. 

During August I had a pleasant visit with 
Mary Tyler Mayo. I spent the night at the 
Y.W.C.A. in Baltimore and Mary is at the 
information desk there. Her address is: 205 
W. Madison Street, Baltimore 1, Md. 

I spent the first part of the summer at 
my old home in Norfolk. There I enjoyed 
seeing Sue Slaughter and Marion Peele. A 
recent letter from Sue describes her trip to 
Sweet Briar and her pleasant visit with Miss 

Those of you who have seen The Razor's 
Edge will be interested to learn that Frank 
Lattimore is the son of Mayo Thach Tarpley. 

My winter address is again at Spotsylvania 
and I hope to hear from you there. 

Mary Pinkerton Kerr 

Class Secretary: Marjorie French Nevens 
(Mrs. Charles L. Nevens) 1430 Bishop Road, 
Grosse Pointe, Michigan. 
Fund Agent: 

It was good to hear from four members 
of the class, and I hope to hear from marly 
more before the next issue of the Alumnae 
News is printed. 

Alice Swain Zell wrote a brief note about 
her splendid family. Her son, Lucian T., is 
in the Army Air Corps. She has one married 
daughter, Alice, and one daughter, Frances, 
a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania. 
She also has two fine grandsons. 

I'm sure Elizabeth Green Shepherd's life 
must be a busy and interesting one with four 
children and her Washington dress shop busi- 
ness to run. Her oldest son, Henry, is just out 

of the Merchant Marine. The older daughter, 
Elizabeth, who was at Sweet Briar, lives in 
Wilmington and has one child. Her younger 
daughter, Mary McClane, who attended Vas- 
sar, is married and living in Princeton. 
Frances Richardson's daughter was her maid- 
of-honor. She has a younger son, Tommy, at 

Henrietta Washburn , wrote from Philadel- 
phia of her trip to Sweet Briar in July, and 
of her nice visit with Alma Booth Taylor and 
Rebecca Patton. 

As for myself, I feel very close to Sweet 
Briar with my second daughter, Marjorie 
Jane, there this year. Barbara was a member 
of the class of '41. I have an older daughter, 
Eleanor, married and with me at the present 
time, and she and Barbara each have a little 
girl. My only son is a Junior at Staunton 
Military Academy. 

My visits to Sweet Briar during Barbara's 
years there have brought back so many pleas- 
ant memories, and it was so good to see Miss 
Benedict, Miss Guion, and all the familiar 
faces when I went back last fall, that I wish 
you all might visit there often too. 

Class Secretary: Frances W. Pennypacker, 
517 Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: Lucy Lantz (Mrs. Harry Mc- 
Kinley), 263 Glenwood Avenue, Englcwood, 
New Jersey. 

I have very little news for this letter but, 
as it goes to all of you, I want to urge that 
you all contribute to the Alumnae Fund to 
insure receiving the other three issues in 
which I hope to have more news. It is really 
up to you! Please write to me about your 
families, your activities, your jobs and ca- 
reers. Everyone is as interested in hearing 
about you as you are in hearing about them. 
Please send me a few lines in time for the 
next magazine (before Christmas if possible) 
and I'll do the rest! 

For the benefit of 1920, Elmyra Penny- 
packer Coxe finished her semester at the Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin and is now in the 
Personnel Department of Sherwin-Williams in 

In August I spent a few days with my 
sister, Mary Pennypacker Davis, '16, in Con- 
necticut. Her son, Bill, is now out of the 


It took some doing to get the alumna: daughters together to pose for their proud mamas 
and other relatives who want to see them in these pages but here, at last, they are. At least, 
most of them are. Standing, in the usual order: Marjorie Nevens, '48, daughter of Marjorie 
French, ex'14; Judith Burnett, '47, daughter of Eugenia Griffin, '10; Mayde Ludington, '48, 
daughter of Mary Harris, AC; Lindsay Coon, '49, daughter of Marjorie Lindsay; Louise Skinner, 
'49, daughter of Louise Hammond, '19; Joan Becker, '49, daughter of Catherine McCann, 
cx'22; Nell Boushall, 49, daughter of Dorothy Dishman, AC; Sally Davis, 4>8, daughter of 
Louise Garrard, ex'23; Ann Marshall, '47, daughter of Edith Durrell, '21; "Peter" Thompson, 
'50, daughter of Estelle Schofield, ex'25. 

Seated: Betsy Markgraf, '50, daughter of Elizabeth Hodge, '19; Frances Gardner, '47, 
daughter of Cornelia Carroll, '18; Blair Graves, '48, daughter of Margaret Buricell, '23; 
Martha Smith, '47, daughter of Mattie Hammond, 21; Julie Holt, '47, daughter of Isabel 
Wood, '19; Mary Frances Wood, '47, daughter of Mary Frances Raiff, '20; Mary Frances 
Brown, '4-9, daughter of Marie Brede, ex'24; Emma Stokes Kyle, '50, daughter of Emma 
Adams, ex*21; Betty Todd, '50, daughter of Ruth TJlland, ex'22. 

The following daughters, we're sorry to say, didn't get to the appointed place in time 
to be photographed: Gratia Boice, '49, daughter of Ruth Geer, '21; Closey Faulkner, '48, 
daughter of Isabel Virden, ex'23; Polly Thomas, '50, daughter of Mary Stuart Cassard, '25; 
Frances Cone, '50, daughter of Gladys Cassells, Special. 


Alumnae New s 

service and will go to Princeton in Februarv, 
and her son, Dick, has just enlisted in the 

I drove back by way of West port and 
called on Dorys McConnell F. ile, cx-16, and 
met her attractive daughter, Sally, and her 
two adorable grandchildren, David and Lucy 

I nl, 

Miss Glass is going to be speaker at the 
A.A.U.W. in Wilmington, Delaware, on Oc- 
tober 1!. Polly Bissell Ridler, '17, is President 
of the Wilmington Chapter. I am going to 
the meeting and look forward to attending a 
luncheon for Miss Glass given by the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae at the du Pont Hotel and a 
dinner at the du Pont Country Club. 

Please don't wait for a card from me. Just 
sit down now and write. 


Fund Agent: Louise Bennett (Mrs. Albert 
Lord), 182 Hillside Avenue, Englewood, New 
Jersej . 


30-Year Reunion, June, 1947 
Secretary: Polly Bissell (Mrs. Earl S. Rid- 
ler, 608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington, Dela- 

Fit ml Agent: Bertha Pfister (Mrs. Ben 
Wailes ) , Sweet Briar, Virginia. 

Class Secretary: Cornelia Carroll Gardner 
(Mrs. K. N. Gardner), 622 5 Powhatan Ave- 
nue, Norfolk 8, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Louise Case (Mrs. C. F. Mc- 
Guire, Jr.), 3 3 10 Warrington Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 

Elizabeth Wilson wrote such an interesting 
letter about her work that I will quote from 
it. "I have treasured memories of my year 
as a freshman at Sweet Briar but, as you 
know, I feel loyalty too to Vassar where I 
spent three years and to the University of 
Chicago, where I received my M.A. in Social 

"At present I am Executive Secretary of 
the International Institute of Gary, Indiana. 
. . . Gary, at the foot of Lake Michigan, has, 
I believe, the largest steel mill in the world. 

"My work is in a specialized field of social 
work, and semi-legal in character, since we 
are a service agency for the Immigration and 
Naturalization service and U. S. Consuls 
abroad, though under private financing. Our 
Congress has built high hurdles to keep im- 
migration at a minimum but, in doing so, 
made it such a technical field that people 
need help to meet the requirements. 

"It's a most interesting period now be- 
cause of the flood of letters coming from 
abroad telling of what has happened to 
families during and since the war. Headlines 
about atrocities, concentration camps, bombed 
and burned villages, displaced persons, mean 
much more when you read letters from peo- 
ple who experienced it all. Then there are the 
new arrivals — war brides, fiancees of veterans, 
repatriated American citizens, and soon there 
will be the wives and minor children of 
naturalized or native-born citizens who were 
caught abroad. All bring stories of Europe 
today, some of them about conditions behind 
the 'Iron Curtain'." She closes with warmest 
greetings to all her Sweet Briar classmates. 

Catherine Marshall Shuler writes in Des 
Moines, Iowa, she is quite out of touch with 
Sweet Briar; she is always glad to hear news 
of former schoolmates. Her youngest daughter 

The Class of '21 at its 25th Reunion, June, 1946. Standing, left to right: Marian Skater 
Wadhams; Edith Ditrrcll Marshall; Ruth Geer Boice; Florence Ives Hathaway; Louise 
Pochat Hattersley; Katherine Davis Baynum; Mary McLemore Matthews; Josephine 
Ahara MacMillan; Shelley Rouse Aagesen; Maynette Rozelle Stephenson.; Frances Simpson 
Upson. Seated: Mary Taylor Corley; Gertrude Anderson; Ophelia Short Seward; 
Mattie Hammond Smith. 

is at home while the two older girls are 

Class Secretary: Isabel Luke Witt (Mrs. T. 
Foster Witt),' River Road, R.F.D. No. 13, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Rosanne Gilmore, 1303 Ter- 
minal Tower, Cleveland 1 3 , Ohio. 

I am sorry that I failed to report among 
those present in the June issue of the maga- 
zine but I had to go to the hospital in May 
for a "bit of interior decorating," as a friend 
of mine said, and was unable to get a letter 

I have very little to report due to a 
shortage of answers to my post cards. I 
received a card from Margaret Reed Collard, 
who said she had no news but wanted to 
answer my card, which latter I appreciated. 
I did have a grand newsy letter from Jane 
Byrd Rttffin Henry. She reports that her hus- 
band has retired from the Navy this year 
and that her house is still in a badly torn-up 
state as a result of her daughter's wedding 
September 14. She (Evelyn Byrd Henry) mar- 
ried George Sergeant, who is a cousin of 
Nicketti Johnston Miller. Nicketti and her 
husband were at the wedding. Jane's son is 
studying medicine at the University of Vir- 

Carrie Taliaferro Scott's oldest daughter, 
Caroline, graduated from St. Timothy's last 
June and is to be a debutante in Richmond 
this winter. 

Louis, 1 Hammond Skinner and little Loui'e 
were here to see me several weeks ago and 
both were fine. "Little" Louise is now back 
at Sweet Briar, a Sophomore. 

My oldest son, Foster, is a rat at V.M.I. 
this year so I'm "going to college" again 


Fund Agent: Geraldine Jones (Mrs. R. 
Taylor Lewis), Rt. 6, Gainesville, Texas. 


Class Secretary: Edith Durrell Marshall 
(Mrs. Edward C), 6326 Ridge Avenue, Cin- 
cinnati 13, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: 

Well, the "Big Event" is a thing of the 
past — our 2 Sth reunion. All of you who did 
not return to campus in June really missed 
something! Three days of hiking and riding 
miles to see all the improvements made on 
the campus since 1921, going to all the com- 
mencement events, to Craighill & Jones for 
"chocolate stirs" and sitting up until the wee 
small hours trying to catch up on 2 S years 
of gossip. The weather man was on our side, 
sunny warm days and rain only at night. 
There is nothing like June in Virginia, roses 
and honeysuckle with the Blue Ridge for a 

Seventeen of us were there: Kitty Dai is 
Baynum, Ruth Geer Boice, Mattie Hammond 
Smith, Madelon Shidler Olney, Marion Shafer 
Wadhams, Maynette Rozelle Stephenson, Eliz- 
abeth Shoop Dixon, Mary McLemore Mat- 
thews, Frances Simpson Upson. M ry Taxlor 
Corley, Josephine Ahara MacMillan, Florence 
lies Hathaway, Louise Pochat Hattersley, 
Gertrude Anderson, and Ophelia Short Sew- 
ard. Florence Woelfel almost made it, but was 
grounded at the last minute in Chicago. 

What did we do? Saturday most every one 
arrived in time for Miss Glass* tea party for 
alumnae, parents, and husb.-nds, in Sweet Briar 
Gardens. That evening we had dinner to- 
gether in the Refectory with corfee afterward 
in Grammer Common Room (the old gym to 
you) , where a few speeches were made and 
the graduating class was inducted and intro- 
duced to the clumnae. On Sunday morning, 
some of us attended the Baccalaureate sermon 
and some took walks about the campus. After 
luncheon together in Fergus Reid dining 
room, we rehearsed for Step Singing, which 
took place in the Quadrangle at 5 o'clock. 
Wiih Maynette leading us, we sang lustily, 

October, 1946 


"We're Meek and Humble Freshmen," as 
well as our Senior class song. We were ap- 
plauded loudly so I gathered that the au- 
dience liked our rendition. Then to Lynch- 
burg for our own class dinner which we had 
at The Columns, a tea room across from 
Randolph -Macon. And did we talk — and 
laugh! We reached campus again (it takes 
anly 20 minutes by car now) in time for 
Lantern Night. Carrying home-made candle- 
lighted lanterns, the girls walk over the 
campus singing, finally gathering in the 
Quadrangle and on the "Golden Stairs" to 
finish the song rest. 

On Monday we donned our old caps and 
gowns (some of us had to hastily baste up 
the hems, as it is no longer fashionable to 
wear them touching our heels, a !a 1921). 
We marched across campus to the gym to 
see Miss Glass preside at her last commence- 
ment and to hear Bishop Tucker of Ohio 
address the 80 graduates. Then came our final 
luncheon together in the Refectory, after 
which we headed for home, not without a 
few lumps in our throats, I'll admit. Our 
only regret was that the rest of you were 
unable to be with us. 

Your response for the reunion gift was 
generous, for it amounted to $5 00. It was 
added to the Meta Glass Fund for general 

You will be interested in the results of the 
questionnaire which May net te sent out to all 
of you. Graduate response was nearly 100 per 
cent, that from the ex'es not so good. But, 
using the figures at hand, the following ob- 
servations were made: We claim 93 class 
members, of these, 3 3 graduated, 7 attended 
3 years, 19 attended 2 years, while 3 5 drop- 
ped out at the end of Freshman year. That 
was 1917, the year of the war, and besides, 
we had been quarantined nearly the whole 
time because of the flu. Two have passed 
away — Marybelle MacNally and Katie Taylor. 

Of the graduates, all but three are mar- 
ried, 91 per cent. We have 52 children, 25 
boys and 27 girls, and one grandchild 

Husbands took to education also, as all 
but four are college graduates. 

Our interests are many — we seem to be 
doing our civic duties in every important 
volunteer organization in the country. Our 
hobbies run the gamut also — it is astounding 
how many and how varied are the things we 
do in our spare time, from biological re- 
search to collecting silhouettes and antiques. 

The questionnaires have been placed in a 
notebook with the pictures you sent of your- 
selves, your families and homes, together with 
mementos and programs of reunion week-end. 
It has been placed in the alumnae office at 
Sweet Briar. If you ever visit the campus be 
sure to ask to see the class of 1921 Twenty- 
Fifth Reunion Book. 

At the alumnae office and in my own file 
here at home, I have nearly all of the cor- 
rect addresses of our class. With your help 
I hope to keep it up-to-date. The girls at 
reunion asked me to continue as your secre- 
tary for another year, so I will, as I return 
to campus so frequently for council meet- 
ings. After that, one of you will have to 
take over. 

Can anyone help locate these on our lost 
list: Alice Clark Evans, Marian E. Evans, 
Ernestine Shayler, Katherine A. Hawkins 
Baker (Mrs. F. F.), Georgia Millard, Olive 
Mitchell, Emma B. MacDonnell, Adelaide 
Rendelman, Claire Taylor, and Nina Welch- 
«hbaum Brail (Mrs. J. S.). 

Dorothy Job Robinson's (Mrs. Norman 
V.) new address will interest many of you — 
Heathcrfield School, Ascot Becks, England. 

This issue of the Alumnae News is the 
only one you will receive this year unless 
you contribute to the Alumnae Fund — as 
little as you wish to make it will do, but it 
takes at least $3.00 to cover the printing and 
mailing of the Alumnae News. I still have 
a lot of news about many of you left over 
from spring so, if you want to hear more, 
come across, girls. 

Will be talking to you all again in the 
February magazine! 

25-Year Reunion, June, 1947 
Secretary: Gertrude Dally, (Mrs. Adrian 
Massie), Purchase Street, Rye, New York. 
Fund Agent: 


Fund Agent: Jane Guignard (Mrs. Broadus 
Thompson) P. O. Box 480, Columbia, South 

Fund Agent: 

Secretary: Frances Burnett (Mrs. Louis 
Mellen) 22325 Calverton Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: 

Class Secretary: Wanda Jensch (Mrs. Wel- 
ton W. Harris), Greenville, Delaware. 
Fund Agent: Kathryn Norris (Mrs. Still- 
man F. Kelley) Babson Park 57, Massachu- 

Dottie Ham Davis, Kitty Blount Andersen, 
and Edna Lee Cox sent out cards to you-all 
and inveigled me into being your secretary, 
so here goes. 

I saw Peggy Mai one McClements in Pitts- 
burgh on my way west in September. She 
and her husband were leaving the next day 
to attend young Jim's graduation at Wil- 
liams. Jim is in the Navy Air Corps and at 
present is stationed in Memphis. Peggy 
Douglas Whitley writes that her husband was 
released from the Navy last October. They 
are again at home in Delray Beach, Florida, 
where Rhea practices law. Peggy Rhea, the 
youngest, goes to the Gulf Stream School at 
Delray, Douglas is at Salem Academy, and 
Allan at Exeter. 

Peggy Denman Wilson is leading a busy life. 
She has two boys to care for and has time, 
even so, for League work. For several years 
she did Kenney packing for infantile paraly- 
sis victims. Nell Atkins Hagemeyer has two 
daughters, one 5^4 and one 14 months old. 

Marty Close Page's Lody is home from the 
Navy with a Bronze Medal and citation. 

Kay Norris Kelley has all her children in 
school — one at Dana Hall, two in Tenacre, 
and the little one at Wellesley College Nur- 
sery School. They have been repairing the 
ravages of the war years of neglect on their 
roof and garden and Kay says they are be- 
coming quite civilized again. 

Gil Carpenter Ellerton, her husband, and 
daughter Susan visited us in June and left 
here to stay a few days at Sweet Briar. 

Early in August Edna Lee Cox with Judy 
and Joan, now 5^2, stopped here on their 
way to Cape Cod. Edna reported that she 
and Cornelia Wailes Wailes had a nice visit 

with Ellen Newell Bryan and Rebecca Ash- 
crafl McGinnis last spring. Wright Bryan 
was in Washington for a newspaper conven- 
tion and Rebecca was looking over schools for 
her daughter. The Coxes are living in Wash- 
ington where they have bought a house. The 
twin girls started kindergarten this fall and 
Edna is quite proud as all three of them had 
to pass entrance exams! Edna had a nice 
summer — part of it at the old Cox farm in 
Virginia and part on Cape Cod. Last year 
Edna worked one day a week at the Army 
Personnel Affairs Office as a member of the 
Women's Volunteer Committee. 

Polly Cary Dew Woodson and family 
bought a house in Ridge wood, New Jersey. 
Billy is in junior high and the other boy 
started kindergarten. She goes back to Sweet 
Briar every summer and this August, with 
her mother, had tea with Miss Lucas whom 
she liked very much. 

Helen Haseltine was for several years a 
consultant in the Delinquency Division of 
the U. S. Children's Bureau. She left this 
work and went west for a while to handle 
horses. During the war she was a U.S.O. 
Director at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 
1944 she returned west, fell from her horse 
and was invalided for almost a year. Upon 
her recovery she worked in the Children's 
Division of the Illinois Department of Wel- 
fare until this September when she accepted 
the position of Director of the Children's 
Division of the Chicago Department of Wel- 
fare. In May she saw Helen Dunleaiy Mitchell. 

We Harrises visited Dorothy Goff Mcintosh 
also this fall. Her daughter is a senior in 
high school and the son is several years 
younger. Dorothy is organizing choral groups 
and has given two concerts in Milwaukee. 

We had a glorious trip down the St. 
Croix with Kitty Blount Andersen and hus- 
band in their houseboat. The Andersens left 
for the West Coast late in September. 

Well, that's all I have for this issue. 
Please send me news and don't wait until I 
nag you with a card. 


20-Year Reunion — June, 1947 

Class Secretary: Margaret Cramer (Mrs. 
W. B. Crane, Jr.) , 50 Verplank Avenue, 
Stamford, Connecticut. 

Fund Agent: Claire Hanner (Mrs. Wylie 
H. Arnold), 2410 Vernon Drive, Charlotte, 
North Carolina. 

Well, here is one secretary who is com- 
pletely satisfied with her job. You can't 
imagine how I look forward to, and enjoy, 
your letters. I'm gradually accumulating 
precious snapshots and clippings of you and 
your families which are now neatly assem- 
bled in a portfolio — should chance bring us 
together, what fun you'd have looking at 

Twenty years ago we gleefully mounted 
those golden stairs — remember? I hope many 
of you heard Vox Pop broadcast September 
24 from Sweet Briar. It made 20 years drop 
off — like that when they began "Oh look up 
here and see us and wish that you could be 

Now is the time to get out your check- 
book if you want the rest of the issues of 
the Alumnae News for 1 946-47. You 
won't get them unless you do send that 
contribution to the Alumnae Fund. This is 
an important year for us so don't delay, but 
send your gift to the Alumnae Office now. 

With great pride we report the following 
new arrivals: Bebe Gilchrist Barnes a son, 


Alumnae News 

Daniel Gilchrist, born August 7, 1946; Alice 
/ kesen Ganzel a daughter born September 
24; Rebecca Manning Cutler a son, Howard 
Manning, born September 2. Our heartiest 
congratulations to the mamas and papas! 

Martha Ambrose Nunnally spent some time 
in Washington recently but most of her sum- 
mer was spent in nursing her family back to 
health. Martha sees Lucy Orgill Genette and 
Ruth Crenshaw Turner occasionally. 

Evelyn Anderson Tull and Dick are build- 
in i; a cabin on Lookout, Tiear Denver. She 
saw Alice Eskcsctt Ganzel this summer in 
West held and stayed overnight with Anne 
Vat ton Thrasher in Indianapolis. Anne said 
that having an Episcopal minister tor a 
husband was a great help during the shirt 
shortage — the clerical vest covered up a 
lot of rips. 

Betty Bach-man Hardcastle came to New 
York for sever T days on her way to Bass 
Rocks, Massachusetts. There she saw, after 
20 years, her roommate, Bettie Miller Allen, 
on the beach. 

Jeanette "Dan" Boone spent a part of the 
summer at her camp, Glenlaurel, in North 
Carolina. She and Helen were delighted to 
have eight S.B. alumnae daughters among 
their campers — "Miss Anne" May bank Cain's 
Eleanor, Ruth Aunspaugb Daniel's Patsy, 
Elizabeth Woods (ex-*29) Meeks' Libby, and 
Louise Chapman (ex-'29) Plamp's twins, Bar- 
bara and Lydia. Jo Snowden and Kenneth 
Durham and Ruth Loivrance Street and her 
family spent several days on campus this 
spring, Dan reports. 

Laura Boynton Rawlings has recently mov- 
ed to 1601 Neome Drive in Flint, Michigan. 

Janie "Tabo" Broun Hood's son is at- 
tending Riverside Military School in Gaines- 
ville, Georgia, this year. 

Madeline Brown Wood is at long last with 
Mac again as of August 1. They are living at 
Quarters M-2, U. S. Naval Repair Base, New 
Orleans, 14. 

Elizabeth Cox spent July at Hot Springs 
and the balance of the summer on the East- 
ern shore of Maryland and in Tidewater, 

I'm sure all of us want to express our 
sympathy to Margaret Green Runyun who 
lost her Mother on July 6. 

Claire Hatiner Arnold went to Pawley's 
Island with her husband and Julie this sum- 
mer. Julie will attend the pre-school section 
of the Charlotte Country Day School where 
Nar Warren is headmistress. 

Hilda Harpster enjoyed a trip to Quebec 
and down the coast of Maine during the 
summer. The only S.B. gal she sees in 
Greensboro is Juliet HalliBttrton Burnett, *35. 

Sally Jamison is working as an interior 
decorator at the Shaw Manufacturing Com- 
pany in Charlotte. 

Ruth Lowrance Street and her family drove 
700 miles to Virginia recently! Last Easter 
vacation they were all at Sweet Briar and 
spent a delightful evening with Dan. Frances 
hopes to enter college in the fall of '48. 

Elizabeth Mathews Wallace had a wonder- 
ful reunion with Sally Callison Jamison and 
Jane Callison Smith in Charleston. They 
gamboled on the green in shredded old May 
Day dresses and Jane even had on orchid 
stockings! A newspaper clipping shows that 
Libbo's daughter, Dolly, looks just like her. 
Besides looking mighty sweet she is smart 
too — editor of the school paper and president 
of the Student Council. Mamma hasn't 
slowed down either — she is president of the 
Children's Theater and a Scout troop leader. 

Millicent Mitligan Hitchman, "Sue" to us, 
has been in California for 17 years. The only 
person she has seen from S.B. during that 
time was M. Broun Wood en route to Hawaii 
— 13 years ago! Of course, Sue, we all hope 
to take a trip to California some day, so 
don't give up. You will no doubt see some 
more of us yet. 

Elise Morley Fink enjoyed the summer with 
her four children at their Lake Huron cot- 
tage. However, she and George were at 
Southampton for a while, too. 

Mary Opie Meade Bailey spent some time 
at Wharton's Grove, Virginia. 

Pauline Payne Bachus vacationed at Blaney 
Park and Harbor Springs, Michigan. I neg- 
lected to tell you in the April issue that her 
husband went to Ohio State and is a Phi Delt. 
Apologies "Peewee" and Foster. 

Elva Quisenberry Marks had a busy sum- 
mer with her two boys. They went to Fort 
Walton, Florida, and Highlands, North Caro- 
lina. At the latter place Billy saw Elizabeth 
Cates Wall, Henrietta Nelson Weston, '26, and 
Tootie May bunk Williams. Billy and Too tie 
are looking forward to a big time in October 
at the Auburn-Tech game. 

Jane Riddle Thornton spent a month at 
Camp Alleghany, and her two children two 
months. Among the alumnae daughters there 
were Dorothea Rein burg Fuller's daughters 
and Peggy Malonc McClements' three. Jane 
enjoyed a visit from Tab Hazlcwood Whit- 
aker last June. 

Julia Reyjiolds Dreisbach spent the vacation 
at Lake George, Michigan. 

Florence Shortau Poland had a grand time 
fishing this summer in Maine and northwest- 
ern Vermont. 

Jo Snowden Durhatn and Kenneth, plus four 
children, made a 2,200-mile trek to the North 
Carolina mountains to visit Kenneth's family 
and many friends. They, too, saw Tab Hazle- 
uood Whitaker who hasn't changed a whit 
in spite of being twice a grandmother! The 
Durhams were at Linville not far from Dan's 
and Helen Mac's camp, so they made an ex- 
cursion there. Jo writes that "the cabins are 
all tucked away among most beautiful trees, 
ferns and flowers on the mountain side. The 
counselors have separate rooms in each cabin 
where six or eight little girls are under their 
care, and a cabin of their own for recreation 
moments. There are about nineteen buildings 
including a large playhouse or gym, dining 
lodge and living room, a beautiful pool, ten- 
nis courts and playing field. Would certainly 
like to have my sassy Snowden ?t camp with 
them next summer." Jo also saw M. Brown 
Wood in a drugstore in Hoptown, "but better 
than nothing." 

Connie Van Ness spent her vacation in a 
quaint sword -fishing village called Menemsha 
— on Marth.-.'s Vineyard. It sounds enchant- 

Beth Williams Cadigan's husband preached 
in Stamford in September, and I, unfor- 
tunately, was in the wilds of Maine (in the 
rain) at the time with my family. 

Kitty Wilson Garnett was a counselor at 
Camp Alleghany for two months 

Elizabeth Wood McMulIan vacationed at 
Virginia Beach and Nag's Head, North Caro- 
lina, while her daughter, Betty, was at Alle- 
ghany too. 

That winds up my news for this tin.e. 
Thanks again for your many replies — and 
now to the check book, you to yours a^d I 
to mine. Good luck and a healthy, h^ppy 
winter to you all. 


Secretary: Katherine Brightihll (Mrs. 
Robert Biltz), 161 West Maple Avenue, 
Langhorne, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: 


Class Secretary: Polly McDiarmid (Mrs. 
Pierre Serodino) Signal Mountain, Tennessee. 
Fund Agent: Belle Brockenbrough (Mrs. 
John S. Hutchins), 250 Birch Street, Win- 
netka, Illinois. 

Always one has regrets! The one issue of 
the News that goes to everybody should 
contain either my last June's column or my 
next one, because this time I haven't sent 
out any cards and only have news of a few. 

First of all, we had a wonderful time at 
Commencement in June. I drove up from 
Chattanooga with Mary \hclton Clark, Mac 
McDonald Reynolds, and M-ry Frances West- 
cott Hale. We had a lot of fun on the trip 
and the drive through the mountains was 

The assembled '29ers included Mary Archer 
Bean Eppes (with a decided Boston accent), 
Mildred Bronaugh Taylor, who was about to 
move to Washington, D. C, Katie Coe (who 
works at Best's in New York — I am going to 
switch from the Order Department to her, 
and get better service), Amelia Hollis Scott, 
who helped Gert with the picnic supper, 
bringing delicious pastry from Lynchburg, 
and Gert Prior and I. 

Gert's house, over by "Free Love," remem- 
ber?, is the most adorable house you've ever 
seen. She missed her calling — should have 
been an interior decorator. We '29ers had our 
class picnic there and included quite a num- 
ber of other alumnae. Everybody had a grand 

Mrs. Raymond sent her love to each of you. 
She hasn't changed a bit — still has that warm 
welcome for her class. The campus is start- 
ingly beautiful. We were delighted to visit 
with our one-time professors again, only on 
a different basis now, one that I like better. 

We were sad to witness Miss Glass' last 
Commencement, but glad to be on hand to 
wish her luck with her future plans. 

Pinky Armstrong Allen writes that she has 
a daughter, Mary Eunice, born in April. Also 
that her husband, Mark, is now out of the 
Army, and has returned to Standard Oil, in 
Maracaibo, Venezuela. Pinky and the baby 
will join him this fall. It sounds like a fas- 
cinating place to live. 

Peg Busbey Scherr writes that she is kept 
busy with the two little Scherrs and one big 
one. She has two daughters, Sue and Eleanor. 

Edna McGehee Pleasants has two boys, 
I awson, 12, and John, 2. They live in Lynch- 

Annie Perry Neal Huntting has been in 
Washington, D. C, since 1934, employed as 
Senior Attorney in the Law Department of 
the Federal Communications Commission. 
Aren't we proud of her! She managed to 
find time from her career in April, 1945, to 
marry Major Charles F. Huntting. 

Gypsy Smith Boothe has moved from Ply- 
mouth, Massachusetts, to New York City 
where Garland has entered a law firm. 

The next three issues of the Alumnae 
News will come to Alumnae Fund contribu- 
tors only, so get out your check books; and, 
please acknowledge promptly the cards I am 
going to send you soon (I hope). 

October, 1946 


Class Secretary: Sally Reahard, 5 525 North 
Meridian Street, Indianapolis S, Indiana. 
Fund Agent: Gwendolyn Olcott (Mrs. 
George Writer, Jr.), 21 Fifth Avenue, New- 

Although it has only been a little matter 
of twenty years since Bus Rhea deposited us 
with our carpet bags at the entrance of Gray, 
I find few members of this famous class still 
conscious of that fateful day. I thought the 
memory of September, 1926, might prompt 
many old classmates to send me word of their 
careers, but evidently a hot, dry day in 
September does not remind them of Sweet 
Briar on Registration Day, as it does me. I 
always think of Charlotte Coles whom I had 
picked up on the train, and what a spectacle 
we made that torrid day in our high-heeled 
pumps 3nd short, skimpy satin "travelling" 
dresses, hauling luggage to the third floor of 
Reid, hobbling back and forth across cam- 
pus, to see what was going on more than 
anything else. How blase, homesick, smart- 
aleck . . and scared! 

Evidently, Gratia Geer Howe hasn't for- 
gotten. She has sent me the interesting news 
that she has a niece, Gratia Boice, at Sweet 
Briar now, a sophomore. Our Gratia has two 
gals of her own coming along, aged 14 and 
12 years, but did not say whether she had 
plans for sending them, too. The Howes have 
recently returned to their Ottawa Hills home 
after a three weeks' vacation in Canada. She 
says she has had a Brownie Troop for four 
years, and spends her extra time with music 

I had a card returned by Lindsay Kindle- 
berger from Flushing ... I do wish she 
could find Emily Kumm for us, last heard of 
in same place . . . Lindsay is going to study 
in New York this year at the Art Students 
League, which sounds swell. Says she has been 
busy this summer escorting eight nephews 
and four nieces to the Zoo, Jones Beach, etc., 
and had a nice five-day visit at North Hatley, 
Province of Quebec. 

I didn't realize that Elizabeth Foster Askew 
was our old friend "Reggie" and hasten to 
apologize for addressing her so formally. How 
manv nicknames can you remember? (Mr. 
Worthington gave me mine, when he tried 
to read my signature the first day and called 
me "Rebud".) Reggie lives in Eden, New 
York, you know, and has a son, Anthony, 
aged four. She gave me no inside dope on her 
activities but said she sees some Sweet Briar 
gals from time to time, naming Barbara 
Lewis Howard, '29, Trudy Lewis Magavern, 
'3 1, and N.-ncy Russell Carter, '34. 

By the grapevine I hear that Betty Boone 
(Mrs. Robert E. Willis) is now living in 
Albuquerque, New Mexico, in their own home 
which they built themselves (big news 
these days). The Willises have one son, Robert 
E., Jr., born last May 14. 

You can imagine what a kick I had out of 
receiving the first letter in years from my 
ex-roommate, Ruth Keeler. She says she is 
still living at the old Keeler Homestead at 
North Salem, New York, and at the moment 
is simply vegetating. However, I don't be- 
lieve it, as she confessed to several trips to 
the Cape lately and I think has made some 
cross-country jaunts she didn't mention. She 
had a surprise visit from Diddy Crane 
McGary, ex-'31, who has just moved east 
from Chicago and lives in L?rchmont. Polly 
Swift Calhoun and her husband called on 
Ruth in the spring. They have four chil- 

dren and live on a farm in Cornwall, Con- 
necticut. She says Polly is just the same and 
"enjoying life thoroughly." 

Let us hope this finds you all doing the 
same . . . 

Class Secretary: Martha McBroom Shipman 
(Mrs. Frank L.), 210 Ridge Avenue, Troy, 

Fund Agent: Peronne Whittaker (Mrs. 
Robert Scott), 648D Beverly Road, Teaneck, 
New Jersey. 

• My apologies to all of you for missing out 
on the June issue. It so happened that I was 
in Chattanooga the latter part of March and 
first of April, just about the time I would 
ordinarily have sent out cards, thus the 

In the course of my two weeks there, I 
ran into eleven Sweet Brhr girls. I had al- 
ways heard that Chattanooga had one of the 
largest alumnae groups in the country and 
after that visit I could well believe it. 

Mary Shelton Clark, '29, always makes my 
homecoming a joy by dashing up to see me 
as soon as I hit Chattanooga and giving me 
all the local news. 

On one of our numerous tours to Lookout 
Mountain, we ran into Mimi Wilson Corley, 
'30, and Carolyn Wilson Hunt, '32. Both have 
three children; Mimi was accompanied by her 
10-year-old son. 

We stopped to see Mary's sister, Jane Shel- 
ton Williams, '3 4, and her young daughter, 
Patsy, who is a perfect replica of Jane, in- 
cluding those lovely blonde curls. 

Had lunch several times with Mary Frances 
Westcott Hale, '31, and Mary MacDonald 
Reynolds, '3 0. Westcott and husband, Earl, 
had just returned from a six weeks' trip to 
Mexico, having had a marvelous time. Mac 
has an excellent job and recently contributed 
a clever article to a local magazine, known 
as The Look-in. 

Margaret Milne Reckord and Mary Milne 
Holton were up for tea one afternoon. Mar- 
garet was busy house-hunting, she and Leo 
having just returned from living in various 
parts of the country while Leo was in the 
Medical Corps of the Army. 

Mary Clark and I were visiting the Orchid 
Farm on Signal Mountain one afternoon and 
ran into Kitty Howze McClellan, '3 3 . She 
and Bob had only recently returned to their 
lovely home in Chattanooga as Bob had been 
in the Army for several years. 

I enjoyed talking to Ruth Lowrance Street, 
'27, at a luncheon. She and Gordon were 
planning to take their young daughter to 
Sweet Briar Easter week-end to acquaint her 
with its beauties, hoping she would decide 
to enroll. 

On returning home, I had a letter from 
Ginny Cooke Rea, contributing the interest- 
ing news that she and Fritz had sold their 
La Jolla home and would be leaving Cali- 
fornia and heading home for a normal life 
after these past unsettled years. 

Also had a letter from Aggie Cleveland 
Sandifer saying that Bill had been released 
from the Navy last October 1 and that they 
had been settled in Spartanburg, South 
Carolina, ever since. She mentioned that 
Martha McCotcan Burnet, ex-*31, ?nd her 
husband had spent a week-end with them in 
February. Martha and family now live in 
Greensboro quite close to Mary Lynn Carlson 
King and Virginia Hall Lindley, '3 2. Martha 
reported that Cynthia Vaughan had returned 
from her duties in Hawaii and had taken a 

job in New York as secretary to the head of 
Prince Matchiabelli Cosmetics. 

I was so disappointed not to get to Reunion 
but, thanks to Natalie Roberts Foster, I h.ive 
a few bits of news to contribute concerning 
the lucky ones who were there. Ellen Eskridge 
Sanders was back. On learning that Natalie 
and Walter were being transferred from 
Dayton to Washington, she promised to 
welcome them with open arms, and Natalie 
assured me that she had more than lived up 
to that promise. Walter's new assignment is 
in Plans and Training, his office being located 
in the Pentagon. 

Fannie O'Brian Hettrick and Gert Prior had 
a picnic for '29, '3 0, and '31. Fannie had 
to leave that same night to go to New Jer- 
sey in search of a new home. She and Ames 
have since moved to Plainfield, New Jersey. 

Theda Sherman Newlin was at Sweet Briar 
Saturday afternoon and Natalie missed seeing 
her. Split Clark was there and Natalie com- 
mented on a painting Split had done which 
Nat liked. Nancy Worthington was back and 
approaching her second year as director of 
Camp Alleghany with "poise, dignity, and 

Katie Coe brought regrets that Nancy 
could not attend. Virginia Camp Smith con- 
tributed the news that Virginia Bristow had 
been married to Lee Davis since 1942 and has 
two little girls. 

Much to my surprise, I found myself back 
in Chattanooga the latter part of June with 
my whole family. It was a real thrill to me 
and a great shock to my friends, who had not 
seen young Shippy since he was 5/2, to find 
him almost 6 feet tall and wearing his dad's 
discarded suits with great relish. 

Margaret Austin Johnston, '34, and her 
three beautiful little girls came often to the 
pool and the four of them were a most at- 
tractive sight to watch. 

On our way home, we stopped in Lexing- 
ton, Kentucky, and spent a delightful eve- 
ning with Lucy Moulthrop Alexander, ex-'3 2, 
and husband Jim. They have a lovely home 
out on the Versailles Pike. Lucy is even pret- 
tier than Sweet Briar days and little Lucy is 
a picture of her mother. My Jane was thrilled 
and impressed with all the ribbons and 
awards that young Lucy had won at recent 
horse shows all over Kentucky. 

Just recently I had a letter from Mary 
Stewart Kelso Clegg telling me that she had 
entered Carolyn (the class baby) in the Grier 
School in Philadelphia for the fall term. Joe 
is expecting a different job which may mean 
a change of territory and she wants at least 
one member of the family settled. 

It makes me feel mildly ancient to have 
Shippy entering high school this year. He 
hopes to go to Dartmouth which means some 
intensive study for him these next four years. 
Jane seems interested in the Briar, if she can 
be accepted. 

I am going to try to send out cards dur- 
ing the next few months. Meanwhile — if any 
of you are inspired and want to write with- 
out coercion, I will appreciate hearing from 
you. Just a little co-operation makes this job 
a pleasure rather than a task. 

15-Year Reunion, June, 1947 
Class Secretary: Charlotte Magoffin, Box 
5 6, Deerwood, Minn. 

Fund Agent: Marcia L. Patterson, Kent 
Place School, Summit, N. J. 

After so long a silence, you're all prob- 
ably wondering whether we have a column 


Alumnae News 

any more. We!!, we have, and I've tried CO 
gather a little news for this issue, but I've 
done a very incomplete job. I didn't even try 
to write many of you, because ! felt sure the 
addresses I had for you were obsolete; it your 
address has changed in the past year, do be 
certain the Alumnae Office has your new one. 

Back in April I had a long letter from 
Betty Allen Magruder, who is in New York 
and is still effervescing with enthusiasm over 
her psychosomatic medicine. She had a vaca- 
tion in Charlottesville in August, and spent 
it in a regular social whirl. In her letter she 
said she'd seen Anne McRae a number of 
times. Anne was discharged from the Waves 
last December and is working at Presby- 
terian Hospital in Xew York and living in 
tiie Village. 

Another '3 2er in New York is Mildred 
Larimer. After she returned last spring from 
seven months in Madrid, where she had been 
working for the U. S. Government, she went 
to work for United Nations as a Personnel 

Virginia Bellamy Rufiin was full of news 
about all the Sweet Bria rites she'd seen in 
the past year. Caroline Foy Robins has moved 
to Wilmington, and this summer Ellen 
Mitchell Redd and her two sons spent a month 
visiting Caroline. The Rutfins were at 
\\ right sville Beach for a month, and there 
Bellamy saw Mary Lynn Carbon King ('31), 
Jane Klitttz Lassiter (*34) , her husband, and 
8 vear old son, and Angel ia Morrison Harris 
C3 4). 

Flappy Pancake had news of Courtney 
Cochran Ticer, who had been in Staunton 
visiting Tiny Marshall Timberlake, and 
hasn't aged a day since 1932. Flappy also re- 
ported that Peggy Hall spent a month paint- 
ing in Maine this summer. Unfortunately, 
Flappy herself has been closely confined at 
home; her father has been ill since early in 
the summer. 

Marion Malm Fowler is back in Washing- 
ton, where Mac is on duty in the Personnel 
Division at the Bureau of Medicine and Sur- 
gery. Marion's two daughters are seven and 
ten, so, as she says, Sweet Briar isn't far off 
for them. The Fowlers see Ted Clary Tread- 
well and her husband quite often. 

I had newsy communications from Dot 
Smith Berkeley and Alice Dahney Parker, both 
of whom expounded at great length on the 
attractiveness of the other's family. The 
Parkers spent a long vacation in Charlottes- 
ville this summer, during which the Parker 
children and the Berkeley children played to- 
gether in apparently complete harmony; 
hence, each mother is loud in her praises of 
the other's offspring. Dot wrote that Connie 
/ on (i r Keeble and her two boys spent the 
summer at Fortune's Rock, Maine, where the 
Fowlers have gone ever since Connie was a 

The Berkeley s had two weeks at Glouces- 
ter in June, and the rest of the summer was 
devoted to improving the children's swim- 
ming and collecting materials for a new 

Both Dot and Alice spoke of seeing Irene 
Kellogg, who was in Charlottesville briefly, on 
her way back to Miami Beach after a vaca- 
tion in New York State. And Alice heard that 
Stuart Groner Moreno is living in or near 
San Diego in a Quonset hut; the details of 
this I shall be most interested in getting. 

We've a new baby — or at least he was new 
on April 6. He is Allen Earl Cullum, and 
Bobbie Bennett Cullum is the proud and un- 
doubtedly busy mother. 

This about winds up my news, except to 
remind you (as if I needed to) that we're a 
reunion class this year and it isn't too earlj 
to dream about getting together next June. 
If you contribute to the Alumnae Fund, you 
will get the next 5 issues of the Alumnai 
News and can keep your eye on this column 
for further announcements of plan-. 

Secretary: Frances Powell (Mrs. Charles 

Zoppa), 3 6 Pocohontas Avenue, Richmond, 


Fund Agent: Sue Graves (Mrs. William King 

Stubbs), 2105 Island Dr., Monroe, Louisiana. 

193 4- 
Class Secretary. Marjorie Lasar (Mrs. E. R. 
Hurd, Jr.), 42* North Hanley Road, Saint 
Louis 5, Missouri. 

Fund Agent: Julie Sadler (Mrs. Calvert 
de Coligny, 3 6 Hillside Avenue, Mount Kisco, 
New York. 

A wonderful, long letter from Julie de 
Coligny recently was full of Briarite news; 
the grandest of which was the announcement 
of her daughter's safe arrival on July 16 last 
summer. Miss Julia Amanda, junior, weighed 
in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and is the latest 
p:ide of the de Coligny clan. Julie ?nd Cal- 
vert had a vacation in New York this sum- 
mer where they saw Mary McCallum Neill 
and family and Lib Scheiter Maxwell whose 
»on, John Wortham, was born July 25; Bonnie 
Wood Stookey and family and Lou Greyer 
Bradley live near enough that they come call- 
ing frequently. Julie talked to Smut May field 
Chapman in New Rochelle in June; Smut has 
a little boy about five years old. Julie and 
family also went to Virginia for three weeks 
in August; said that Mary Walton Livingston 
.md entour?ge went to Iowa to visit her hus- 
band's family this summer. 

Betty Carter Clark, et al, have moved to 
Pasadena, California, to live; if any of you 
are in the neighborhood, please give her a 
cheer as she doesn't know many people there- 
abouts. Her address is 3 12 South Holliston 

Kitty Marshall Hamill and Jean Besseliei re 
Boley drove to Lansing, Michigan, to see Elea- 
nor Rust Mattern in September; Jean will be 
in this country through October. She lives 
now in Argentina. Her book, The Restless, 
winch is a "must" for everyone was published 
in August. The Hamills visited Debby Ebaugb 
Smith in Vineland, New Jersey, this summer. 
Alice Shirley writes that there is nothing new 
with her, but sent me Julia's address in Chapel 
Hill. Beanie is in her new-old house just two 
miles from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; she and 
Natt saw Mary Moore Rowe in Cambridge in 
September on their way home from New 

Jean Sprague has moved to a new address in 
\\ ashing ton; she returned there in Septem- 
ber from Idaho where she wis called because 
of the grave illness of her father. 

Martha Lou Lemmon (Mrs. VC'illiam Fred- 
eiick Stohlmann) and husband have been on 
the move since they were married; they toured 
New Ingland this summer and are now liv- 
ing in Princeton, Xew Jersey, where her hus- 
band is in the Department of Art and Arche- 
ology. Lou Bradley is living at the Hudson 
f louse in Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York. 
Rosemary Frey Roger- has given up her 
job for housekeeping and Ruth Pinkham Nix 
writes of three weeks' wonderful vacation on 
a dude ranch in Colorado this summer. Han- 
son writes that Mary Ann Page Guyol is liv- 

ing in Washington, D. C, and Helen and 
Bill spent a weeK-end in Cleveland with Elea- 
nor Alcott Bromley whose husband is out of 
'in \ r m\ ; they are now in their home in 
Shaker Heights. 

Mit/i had a high old time this summer 
flitting from Boston to New York to visit 
Jeanne Harmon Weisberger and her daughter, 
then to Atlantic City and finally to Mary- 
land to visit her family. 

Judy Dougherty Musser is settled in her 
house in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Dot 
Tnrno Gardner went home for a visit in 

The Lydia Goodwyn Ferrells took a vaca- 
tion this summer in Asheville, North Caro- 
lina, and she is planning to work in a Com- 
munity Center for underprivileged children 
this winter. 

Eleanor Cooke Esterly and her three little 
girls went to Topeka in September to visit 
her family; her husband joined her in Octo- 
ber and they went to the Medical Conven- 
tion in Chicago. Fran Darden Musick spent a 
week at Virginia Beach in June and Bonnie 
Wood Stookey and Don spent two weeks in 
Chatham on Cape Cod in July; they saw 
Mary Moore Rowe while they were there. 
Anne Marvin and her mother went north this 
summer and saw Hetty Wells Finn and Gerry 
Mallory en route; they also spent a week on 
the Upper Saranac in the Adirondacks. I 
know you will all be sorry to hear of the 
death in June of Judge Strode, Becky Strode 
Lee's father. Anne wrote me of it and it was 
the first I had heard. 

Jane F order Stribling had polio this sum- 
mer but we hear that she is first-rate now 
which is good news indeed. 

Betty Combs Carroll writes that her hus- 
band, suffering with a chronic bronchial in- 
fection, has been ordered by his doctor to go 
to the southwest. Betty and the children will 
join him in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where 
Dick is employed by the Potash Company of 
America, as soon as he finds a place to live. 

The office tells me that they do not print 
any new addresses because of the general 
impermanence of one and all so I would sug- 
gest that if you want a current address you 
write to the Sweet Briar Alumnae Office 
where they are listed. 

It was a long, dull summer for my money; 
we did have a month in the country but 
were hemmed in all August and September 
with polio like a lot of people; school kept 
none too soon for all. Thanks for your grand 
response and let me know as you get settled. 

Class Secretary: Jacquelvn Strickland 
(Mrs. Edward j. Dwelle. Jr.), 4910 Arapahoe 
Avenue, Jacksonville 5, Florida. 
Fund Agent: Cynthia Harbison (Mrs. Carl 
W. Heye), 26 Lawrence Street, Scarsdale, 
X. Y. 

I have missed so much news of the class 
of 193* that I have thrown myself into this 
job from sheer hunger to hear from you. Un- 
fortunately, confirmation of my self-appoint- 
ment and the news of the October 1 deadline 
both came the day my only domestic de- 
cided to depart for greener fields, and, as 
mail service from Florida takes so much time, 
I am forced to make this a personal letter. 
Please let it spur each of you to answer 
promptly the cards that I will send for the 
February issue. Don't be reticent about tell- 
ing us who you have seen, names and ages 
of offspring, and what is happening in your 

October, 1946 


A gentle reminder — unless you contribute 
to the Alumnae Fund, you won't receive the 
next three alumnae bulletins. I think maybe 
we could gather some news about those girls 
who have owed you a letter since the war — 
that ought to be stimulus enough both to 
contribute to the Fund and to send me your 
choice tid-bits. 

The D welles (Jacquelyn 7 l /2, Susan 4, and 
-Edward 2^4) spent 3^ years in the Navy 
and were lucky enough to be stationed most 
of the time here in Jacksonville. It's nice to 
be civilians again. We stayed this past sum- 
mer in the mountains at Blowing Rock, North 
Carolina, and I saw several of our class there. 
Judy HalliBnrton Burnett came up from 
Greensboro. Judy looks wonderful, has two 
adorable children and has just completed a 
year as president of the Greensboro Junior 
League. She had seen Becky Young Frazer 
who was fast year's president of the Atlanta 
League, in Canada, and reported that Becky 
is as cute as ever. Lida Vo'tght Young has a 
new baby girl to swell her total to three 
candidates for Sweet Briar. Lida sees so many 
Briarites in Atlanta that I am in hopes she'll 
keep a running diary for us all to read. She 
will also be on the Alumnae Council for the 
next two years. 

Louise Wood Koonce was also in Blowing 
Rock, as was Banks McPherson Harper whose 
little girl is her image. You can imagine how 
thrilled we all were to sit and talk again — - 
and what a session we had of "remember 
that time when" — . 

Last fall when Ned and I were having a 
glorious trip to Mexico, we ran into Betty 
Myers Harding and her husband in Mexico 

Here in Jacksonville, Agnes Williams Ellis 
and I get to talk over the telephone occa- 
sionally but the 1 6 miles between us prevent 
visiting as much as we'd like. Ag has two 
little girls. Eleanor Woods Cotten lives here 
now, too. 

Eleanor Elliott Scott writes me from the 
far west that her two boys and little girl 
are not preventing her from doing some night 
school work. She always could do more than 
anyone else. Last spring Jerry Johnston Clute 
and her husband stopped by to see us en 
route to Miami. Jerry's new daughter arrived 
the middle of September which gives her two 
girls and a boy. Jerry sees Peggy Carry Dur- 
land, who lives now in Ithaca. 

Sarah Turpin was married on June 15 to 
Benjamin George Habberton of Texas, in 
Cent ervi lie, Maryland. 

Anne Spiers was married to Alpheus Wil- 
liam Jessup in Atlantic City, June 29. They 
will live in Shanghai where Mr. Jessup will 
be correspondent for McGraw-Hill. 

If you are finding that the P.-T.A. meet- 
ings make you feel aged, that the debutantes 
call you ma'am and that this year's Sweet 
Briar freshmen wonder how on earth you 
could still be alive, having gone there so long 
ago, please forget it and lose yourself in a 
card to me. 

Happy Fall to you all and fondest regards. 

Class Secretary: Aline Stump, 125 Eist 84th 
Street, New York 28, New York. 
Fund Agent: 

I know you are delighted to learn that 
Stumpy is our class secretary. As soon as she 
returned from Camp Carysbrook in the South- 
western part of Virginia where she taught 
riding, she began her news-hunting in grand 
style. The letters have poured in so fast I'm 

afraid they won't all be in this issue — so 
contribute to the Alumnae Fund and read 
Stumpy's column next time. At present. 
Stumpy is swamped with work starting out 
her fourth grade boys at Collegiate School. 
I'm writing from a hotel in Minneapolis 
while Jim is sweating out the rest of his basic 
science examinations which were so rudely 
interrupted almost five years ago when he 
went in the Army. 

Shall we start with reunion news? Ruth 
Gilliam Viar wrote just after leaving cam- 
pus, "It was quite disappointing that so few 
of us got back for our tenth reunion, but I 
guess everyone was tied down with babies, 
and so on. Amelia Mollis Scott, '29, and I 
went out to the Alumnae meeting Saturday 
night at which time Pinkie took over as 
president. She looks the same as ten years 
ago. Martha Anne Harvey Gwinn and her 
husband, Jimmie, and daughter, Anne, who 
is 11 years old now, were back for Saturday 
evening and left Sunday for a vacation in 
North Carolina. Virginia Camp Smith was 
also on campus, looking younger than she 
did when we were in school. She had pictures 
of Mary Lindsey, who is a darling looking 
baby of eight months. As soon as Charles 
finds a house, they will settle in Raleigh, 
North Carolina. In the meantime she is with 
her family in Franklin. . . . Everything at 
Sweet Briar was beautiful as always and we 
had a lovely garden party. Betty Cocke Win- 
free was out of town during all that week- 
end as she was a bridesmaid in Mary Agnes 
Young's wedding. Aggie was married to 
Thomas Turner, Jr., at Walter Reed Chapel 
in Washington." Ruth also writes that Mar- 
garet Smith Thomasson has a girl, born April 
20, and that Polly Rich has a new job 
working as secretary to the Dean of Yale 
Divinity School. Ruth herself has added an- 
other job to her busy schedule of raising her 
family, gardening and canning — she has been 
elected president of the P.T.A. for the com- 
ing year. 

Pinkie and Fred Scott have moved from 
Richmond to Bundoran Farm, North Garden, 
Virginia, near Charlottesville. They moved in 
February and have been busy ever since 
changing the house, fixing up a little cabin 
in the yard, acquiring stove and furnace, 
waiting for pipes and radio for the installa- 
tion, and trying to fill long shopping lists 
in town. The boys are loving the life there 
and seem to be thriving on a diet of green 
apples — not to mention Pinkie's delicious 
fried chicken from her hand-raised flock. 
They are now planning the new house and 
starting their plantings. 

Mrs. Barker wrote that she spent a lonely 
time at Sweet Briar this summer while Mr. 
Barker went to France with about eighty 
French teachers who were invited by the 
French government. He came back with 
news of Mrs. Barker's relatives with whom he 
visited in Paris and Brittany; and on his re- 
turn he was invited by President Lucas to 
speak at Convocation about his observations 
of the situation in France. 

Marq Powell Doty writes that her best 
friend from France has been visiting her this 
summer at her new address, 7 Maywood Road, 
New Rochelle, New York. Midge Silvester, 
who visited Marq last winter, played with a 
stock company in Peterborough, New Hamp- 
shire, this summer. She also said that Willietta 
Thompson Schofield has a second boy, born 
August 6. Marq had seen Maggie McRae re- 
cently and learned that her husband is still 
in China. 

On June 8, Elise (Betsy) Bowen was mar- 
ried to William S. Mullins who is with the 
Veterans Administration in Columbia, South 
Carolina, where their address is 1916 College 
Street. Alice Benet Hopkins, 3 09 Southwood 
Drive, also in Columbia, now has two chil- 
dren, Christie, who is five, and Alice, eighteen 
months. Along with housework, Alice is 
"smitten with the camelia disease" and there- 
fore spends many spare hours in her garden. 
While at Kanuga, near Henderson ville, this 
summer, she saw Chloe and Garth and their 
three on the way home from the beach. Alice 
said, "I haven't seen Chloe in seven years, 
and it might have been seven days for all 
she's changed!" 

Fran Baker Owen's new daughter, "Laurie," 
(Laura Lee Owen) arrived August 21. John 
is practicing in Baltimore and soon as they 
find a place to live, she and the children 
will leave her mother's home in Charlottes- 
ville and join him. Fran says she is dreadfully- 
weary of the "housing separation." They have 
bought a lot in one of Baltimore's suburbs 
and hope to build in a few years. She has 
just completed a year's course in Interior 
Decorating. On occasion she has had lunch 
with Pinkie, and Sara Dough tie Crile has 
been to see her and brought fresh vegetables 
and fruit from their farm at Greenwood, 

Chic Gregory took a moment out from 
her job and books to write a note for "moral 
support" and says she is still plugging away 
at her degree every spare moment she can 
muster. We're all back of you Chic! She had 
called on Miss Lucas at Radcliffe and had a 
very pleasant chat. 

Katie Niles Parker gives a glowing account 
of her visit with Miss Lucas: "I thought she 
was one of the friendliest, most intelligent 
and natural people I'd ever met, aside from 
being very attractive." Katie's latest news is 
the arrival of John Wells Parker on the 27th 
of August and she says he is handsome like 
his father and a hearty eater like his mother. 
Katie's letter radiated the happiness of a re- 
united family and of having Frankie home 
every evening on the 5:30 instead of just 
seeing him every year or so. They had dinner 
with Dodie and her husband one evening last 
winter. Dodie has been Mrs. Basil Walker 
for about a year now and Katie found them 
a very happy couple. It looks like Katie and 
La are at the head of the class, for recently 
came a card to "announce the arrival of 
number four" — a penny postal, nothing more, 
this from James and La Donahue McCor- 
mack, and the fourth boy, Malcolm Mc- 
Cormack, was born July 2 5. 

Marian June Lilygren was married to 
Henry V. Farrell of New York on June 1st 
and Adalyn Merrill was married to James N. 
Luthin of Berkeley, California, on April 2 5 
in Glen dale, California. The Luthins spent 
their honeymoon in British Columbia and 
will live at 101^2 South Naches Street, 
Yakima, Washington. 

Logan Vhinizy Jones sent Stumpy the Rich- 
mond news. Logan's life consists of trying to 
get Ferdie, aged five, a primer-farmer to and 
from school, keeping Mary Porter, aged two, 
entertained, and two months old Allen bathed 
and fed and dry. Bill has been out of the 
Navy almost a year now and Logan says she 
sees him occasionally as the large per cent 
of population undergoing surgery seems to 
account for almost too much of his time, 
but that he seems to thrive on it. 

Jackie, Hoofy, and their precious little 
Billy, just turned one, have bought and moved 


Alumnae News 

into a darling new house not far from Logan. 
Jackie is in the throes of getting settled, 
searching for a maid, etc., and Logan says 
of great interest to the class is the news that 
"the" car — that dashing red-trimmed Ford 
convertible — ias still the Hoofnaglc's mode of 
transportation and does remarkably well in 
spite of its ten long years of service. A worthy 
representative of '3 6. 

Maria Gray Valentine Curtis, Ted, Calvin, 
their five-year-old daughter, and little Teddy, 
aged 1J--2, have ?lso moved in a new house 
just one block from Jackie. Maria Gray in 
her spare time is doing Junior League work 
and trying to get one of the crowd on the 
tennis court. 

Kitty Lorraine Hude and Telay built a 
little house in the same neighborhood and 
several days later announced the arrival of 
Terry Tyler, a little sister for Janet. Kitty 
had a letter from Andy DcGraf Cross who 
has just had her third child, a son named 

Corinne Fentress Gray now has a family 
of three. Her oldest boy is five, her second 
boy is three, and her baby girl is about six 
months. In August she was able to get a 
larger house, and Katie, who saw her last fall, 
says she talked of Old Town with enough 
enthusiasm to rate her a member of the local 
Chamber of Commerce. 

Well, there's room for just one more baby 
— It's Ray Heelan, Jr., born last January to 
June DeFrees Heelan and Ray, who are now 
living in Philadelphia. 

Please let Stumpy hear from you soon. 
Lillian Cabell Gay, 
Secretary pro tern. 

10-Year Reunion, June, 1947 
Secretary: Harriet Shaw, 221 Highbrook 
Avenue, Pelham Manor 65, New York. 
Fund Agent: Natalie Lucas (Mrs. M. S. 
Chase), Box 1208, Florence, South Carolina. 

Class Secretary: Dolly Nicholson (Mrs. 
John A. Tate, Jr.) , 212 Middleton Drive, 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Fund Agent: Janet MacFarlan (Mrs. 
Charles Bergmann) , 244 Ackerman Avenue, 
HoHoKus, New Jersey. 

Hope you all had a super summer and will 
write me everything you did soon. Somehow 
the response to my lovely reply postals wasn't 
as good as usual, but I have high hopes of 
hearing big news from each of you before 

Lucy T. came through with her usual good 
letter but T was so sorry to hear that she 
had been lid up for some time. Thanks for 
word of Judy Bemis Will's new daughter, 
Sally. Macky went to see Judy when she was 
on a visit to Stamford with her father. The 
old gang of Macky, Adele, Kay and some 
others hope to have a big reunion this Fall, 
so don't fail to pass along .ill the details to 
me. Kay paid Lucy a visit not long ago and 
is still quite happy with her job. Isabel Franke 
de Graaf and husband, Lee, who live in St. 
Petersburg, flew up North (with a son on 
each lap — one six months old and the other 
2) and Lucy saw her several times. 

As usual there are a preponderance of 
babies. The latest arrivals on my list include 
Marian Judith Hein, M, J. Miller's pride and 
joy. Big brother John and the daddy pre 
mighty excited over this September 4 arrival. 
Dot Tison Campbell writes from Bennington, 
Vermont, of her new daughter, Dorothy 

Batcheldcr Mauer Campbell (8J/2 pounds) 
who was born August 31. She is dark with 
loads of black hair, in contrast to Jamie, 
Dot's red-headed, blue-eyed 2 J-4-year-oId son. 
I believe I told you of Billy Heizer Hicken- 
looper's third boy, Andy. Her hands are 
completely full with three small fry, but she 
did find time for three grand weeks in Michi- 
gan this summer and she and Bo plan to go 
to New Orleans in November. 

Quite a few 3 8'ers have migrated to the 
sunny slopes of California. Win Hagberg St. 
Peter is living in Sunnyvale and her husband 
will start dental practice in San Mateo soon. 
Johnny is 16 months old, and all are mighty 
happy to be together again. Stan became a 
civilian in June. 

Dail writes from Laguna Beach that she is 
having a real super vacation. Her baby boy 
is at home with a nurse so she is having one 
glorious time week-ending in Mexico. San 
Francisco, and other delightful places. Also 
on the West Coast, but temporarily, is Hope 
Hastorf who is still in the Red Cross and 
on her way to Yokohama. Anions the stay- 
at-homes is Mary Brown-Scrman Walke who 
gave me a welcome reply to a desperate plea 
for news of her. She and husband, Steve, are 
living in Chattanooga after a long vacation 
home this past spring and early summer while 
Steve studied in Washington. Her little girl, 
Muffin, started school this Fall, and "Steamer" 
(age 4) is living up to his name and is "sim- 
ply enormous." 

Also in Chattanooga is Moselle Worsley 
Fletcher who is involved with Emily (age 2), 
the League, bridge, and "occasionally Quigg," 
who, being a doctor, stays mighty busy. Mo- 
selle hasn't seen Smeady in some time as 
Smeady is in turn busy with her two little 
daughters and a new house. 

Wh'ch brings me to my big news about 
"Chubby Cheeks" Wilson. It was my great 
joy and delight to have a party in Septem- 
ber, announcing Rilma's engagement to Bob 
Allen of Memphis, Tenn. He has been here 
with Westinghouse since the first of the year, 
and just as soon as they can find an apart- 
ment they plan to get married, which they 
hone will be some time in November. 

This from Dor Gipe Clement: "John was 
discharged last January, is working here 
(Wyandotte, Michigan) for his father. We 
are living with my mother and have just re- 
ceived the working drawings for the house 
we hope to build this fall — don't laugh! . . . 
It looks like a dream come true to us both 
after twelve Army moves." 

Adele spent the month of July at Nor- 
mandy Beach, New Jersey, with a house on 
the shore and had a fine time with her two 
boys. She recently saw Louise Bailey Brooke 
and Janet Mac. 

Jin Faulkner Mathews and Bill are living 
in Charleston, West Virginia, and she's busy 
working as A~ts Chairman for the Junior 
League; it involves promoting two radio pro- 
grams. Maud writes from Cleveland that 
she and Hardy are busy finding out what 
"normal living" is — and having such fun! 
Eleanor, age two, keeps her jumping, but 
Maud did get to Louisville for a week in 
June and saw Eady, Alf, and their darling 
baby. Maud recently heard through an old 
friend in London that Rose Hyde Fales has 
a flat in London and a country place in 
Surrey where she and her two girls spend 
most of their time while her husband is busy 
at the American Embassy. Also, that she 
entertained Miss Glass on her flying visit 
there last month. 

Jo Hafrp Willingham spent the month of 
May at St. Simon's Island whe~c Spain joined 
her on week-ends. She is still busy doing 
Junior League work and teaching Sunday 
School but looking forward excitedly to a 
trip to Bermuda in October. 

Babbie and Arthur Chenoweth hope to be 
civilians ere long. The General Hospital to 
which he has been attached in Springfield, 
Missouri, closed September 3 and they are 
in Birmingham in their newly finished home. 
Chip (3) and Emily (I) and no help and a 
succession of guests all summer have kept 
her hands full. Alex Houng and family spent 
the summer at Lake George and have recently 
moved in to their new house in Schenectady. 

I ran into Barbara Fish Schiebel for a few 
hasty, though p!cr.s nt, minutes at Roaring 
Gap this summer. Later she wrote me that 
she and Max flew to Pennsylvania in August 
and were slightly lost till they found them- 
selves over Lynchburg and Sweet Briar which 
looked prettier than ever! 

Pauline Wo mack Swan writes that she and 
George are looking forward to the Army- 
Michigan football game in Ann Arbor Octo- 
ber 12. They hope to spend Thanksgiving in 
Baltimore, and Christmas in her home in 
Texas — so, if plans work out, they will es- 
cape most of the Michigan winter. Their 
baby, little "Trisha," is almost a year old 
now, and Nancy is in the third grade. Pauline 
wants news of the Richmond girls, Jane Kent, 
Jo Sutton, Ellie Little, Molly T., Mickey 
McGuire, Cornelia Hicks, Ann Walker, and 
Nancy Old. 

The Tates seem to be settled at long last! 
Jack is working here in Charlotte now, and 
we have bought a little brick bungalow 
which we are enjoying thoroughly. Sort of 
living from h-nd to mouth as yet amid 
boxes and barrels, but still it's ours and now 
you will have a new address for me. Please 
do use it, and send your contribution in to 
the Alumnae Office so that you can continue 
to get the Alumnae News throughout the 
year. Remember this is your only compli- 
mentary copy — the October issue. 


Class Secretary: Betsy Campbell (Mrs. 
Robert S. Gwawthrop, Jr.), 326 West Miner 
Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: Yvonne Leggett (Mrs. D. L. 
Dyer) , Alger Court, Apartment SG, River- 
mere, Bronxville, New York. 

Once again we start a college year. I'm 
sure we all think perhaps enviously of the 
many, many freshmen all over the country. 

Bob and I are back from a wonderful trip 
to Virginia. We stopped by Sweet Briar, of 
course. Bob agreed it was worthy of all re- 
ports. All seemed much the same, but the 
dormitory reception rooms have been spruced 
up a lot. Miss McMahon was driving in from 
camp and Miss Chipley was wandering out- 
side Fletcher. It was good to see them and 
both looking so well. Chips asked about you 
in particular, Mary Mac. We rttended a wed- 
ding in Roanoke and, while there, telephoned 
Martha Rector, who has been back since 
April. While a WAC she met Irene Vongchr 
Vincent in Calcutta. Anne Luck Lancaster 
was at the wedding reception. We called on 
Augusta Saul Edwards and her husband, who 
is the city's new mayor, the youngest Roa- 
noke has ever had, and everyone says he is 
doing a splendid job. Madame Mayor takes 
it all with the utmost poise. She's meanwhile 
knee-deep rearing two husky boys, 5 l /z and 
23^2. Her house abounds with tricky floral 
arrangements, and she kept quite busy during 

October, 1946 


the war arranging musical programs for a 
veteran's hospital. 

In a letter from her upon my return, she 
said that Patty Balz became Mrs. Patrick 
Russell Vincent the latter part of July. Her 
address is 20 Victoria Street, Hull, Yorkshire, 
England. Lee Montague Joachim went to 
several parties given for her this summer be- 
fore Patty departed for her waiting groom. 
Lee's husband has been home for some time. 
His last station was Nagasaki, Japan. He 
is now in New York City and while he finds 
a place to live there, Lee is with her parents. 
Sarah Belk spent two weeks with her this 

Mary Jeff Welles Pearson and family will 
be in Lexington this winter with her par- 
ents, while John goes to Washington and Lee. 
They're coming from St. Peters, Minnesota. 
Sarah was in turn visited by Helen Mc- 
Creery. Helen is vice-president of the Denver 
Junior League, and she's busy whipping into 
shape a "follies" for December 6. 

Julie Vanderbilt Brown was born to Boot 
and Jonathan July 12 (I'm godmother!). She 
has blonde, curly hair, I am told, and is ador- 
able. Bitsy Gordan Jeffers reports that Boot 
treats her as though she were made of cast- 
iron. She was christened in the Vanderbilt 
christening robe which came from Switzer- 
land over 75 years ago. Bitsy has been spend- 
ing week-ends at Westport, Connecticut. She 
raved about Olivia de Haviland's perform- 
ance in "What Every Woman Knows." Anne 
Parks, she says, is loafing, but meanwhile 
doing a wonderful paint job on the Parks 
home. On the street a while ago she saw 
Hortense Powell, '40, who is working for 
United Nations in New York, in the Secre- 
tariat, on the staff of the Press Division. 
Yvonne Leggett Dyer has been in Westhamp- 
ton for the summer, and had a wonderful 
time, despite lots of company and lots ol 
rain. Boot sent a clipping about Nancy 
Gatch's marriage to Dr. Hendrik Svien of 
Rochester; he's a Lieutenant Commander, 
USNR, ?nd after a honeymoon in New Eng- 
land, they returned to the Mayo Clinic in 


Friends, I've scored a triumph. Grace 
Robinson McGuire has been heard from and 
it's worth quoting: "My 4-year-old daughter, 
Betty, is the cutest, smartest, most spoiled 
child in the world except for 2-year-old Bill, 
Jr., who really ought to be in the movies, he 
is so cute and good looking. One-year-old 
John is the sweetest of all. He is good as gold 
and has buck teeth and hair that sticks 
straight up." She was about to acquire a 
spinet and undergo music lessons — yes! 

Kay Bonsall Strong has had a bad time. 
She lost her second daughter at birth in July, 
and two weeks later hed an emergency ap- 
pendectomy. John became a civilian in De- 
cember, and they moved into their new home 
in Highland Park, New Jersey, in September. 
She and John did get in a nice vacation in the 

Janet Thorpe flew back to New York af-er 
10 days with Steve and Kitty Lauder Stephen- 
son. Nelle Muggins Lewis w-.s there too, so, 
of course, there was much Sweet Briar talk. 
There have been so many constant changes of 
address that a list per issue is to be aban- 
doned until people settle more permanently. 
Janet says Kitty's house on Paris Mountain is 
darling and that their little girl is most attrac- 
tive. Janet starts back to work at her same 
job, secretary in a small company that pro- 
duces advertising and educational motion pic- 
tures. Jean Moore, Lottie Lewis, Janet Trosch, 
and she still lunch together once a week. Jean 

spent her vacation in Mexico in May. Her 
engagement was announced in September to 
George N. von Sternberg. Jean McKcnney 
Stoddard is dividing her time between Garden 
City and Connecticut. 

Mary Mackintosh Sherer writes that Joe's 
orders came through and by now they arc 
settled at 251 Regent Street, Apartment A, 
Armstrong Gardens, Hampton, Virginia. He 
is at the Veteran's Hospital in Kecoughton. 

Mary Treadway Washburn was married on 
September 14 to Frederick Robert Downs, Jr., 
in Bristol, Connecticut. Tready made a visit 
last spring to see Betty Frazier Rinehart far 
away in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fraze sent a picture 
of their new home, and it looks divine. She's 
close to all their friends, has just survived 
the hottest summer in 10 years, and likes it. 
Mag Cornwell has also made the trek to visit 

Ellie George "Frampton and Bill went to a 
wedding in Boston in May and spent the 
week-end with Betsy Durham Goodhue and 
Albie. Betsy says that Ellie looked wonderful 
and was so proud of her daughter, Anne. 

Eleanor Claflin Williams, Tommy, and 
their two children, aged 5 and 3, spent the 
summer in Cohasset in a made-over boathouse 
— 4 bedrooms, though! Their new house 
burned down last year, you remember. 
They've been in Marblehead and cruising in 
Maine recently. 

Betsy and Abie were at Osterville, Massa- 
chusetts, sailing, golfing, and clambaking. 
They left for Lake George the first part of 
September, thence to visit Betsy's family 
at Virginia Beach. 

Virginia Wellford was here in September. 
She was managing a farm for a friend who is 
busily engaged hunting bear in Alaska or 
catching trout in Wyoming much of his time. 
October 1 she opened a nursery school. She's 
always loved children, so here's her chance 
for a field day. She certainly seemed to know 
how to h-ndle mine, and I know you all join 
me in wishing her much success in this new 
venture. She sees Anne Harrison Brown a lot. 
Anne has three little girls. Virginia saw Betty 
Barnes Bird while she was in Connecticut this 
summer and says her little boy is adorable. 

Ruth Harm an Keiser and Art were lucky 
enough to find a house in Princeton, New 
Jersey, where Art works for Audience Re- 
search, Inc. He became a civili?n in January 
and their 7-month-old daughter is healthy 
and happy. She had lunch with Daphne With- 
ington, '42, who was on 2 months' leave in 
the United States from Red Cross service in 
Dutch New Guinea, and the Philippines. 
Daphne had just come from a short visit to 
Miss Rogers and Miss Crawford at Red Top 
at S.B.C. 

My big news is that we have bought a 
house. We have 6 acres and all just one mile 
from the office. We won't get in until Spring 
but I'm having a wonderful time anticipating. 

Class Secretary: Nida Tomlin (Mrs. R. C. 
Watts, Jr.), 100 Madison Street, Lynchburg, 

Fund Agent: Margaret Woods (Mrs. Lewis 
Gillette), R.F.D. 1, South Norwalk, Connec- 

There have been countless changes of ad- 
dress during the past few months — many of 
which are unknown to me and to the Alum- 
nae office. Space for recording new addresses 
is no longer available in this magazine. There- 
fore, please help Helen MrcMahon and me 
by sending your correct address if you have 
moved anytime within the last year and are 

now more or less settled. We, in turn, will be 
glad to help you locate any "missing friends" 
by sending you other people's addresses when 
you request them. It will be easier for every- 
body concerned if you would write directly 
to me for information. 

Ever faithful Ann Sims wrote that she 
had a wonderful time being in Ruth Beach 
Robinson's wedding. Besides having a reunion 
with Lisa Pugh (now studying Spanish in 
Mexico) , Ginny Leggett Cameron (just 
moved to Cincinnati) and Louise Lcmbeck, 
Ann talked with Clara Sasscer in Washing- 
ton. Ann also spent several hours between 
trains with Marion Daudt McBride. Ann has 
resigned from her bookshop job, but expects 
to be back at work before too long. In the 
meantime, she is violently keeping house, go- 
ing to club meetings and such. According to 
Ann, Jane Fttrniss Simpson's husband went 
back into the service last May. Since her dis- 
charge from the WAC, Martha Rector has 
been going to Radio School in Washington. 

It was very gratifying to hear from Mil- 
dred Moon Montague in Chattanooga. Mil- 
dred and Bill have had a grand vacation at 
Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla., and are up to cop- 
ing with Deadrick who has reached the 
crawling stage. Mildred saw Helen Anderson 
Bryan not long ago and says that there was a 
charming newspaper picture of Helen and her 
daughter. Mildred tells me the good news 
that Nancy Haskins Elliott expects to come 
home in January as David plans to get his 
Ph. D. at Harvard. 

Connie Currie Fleming's son, Dickie, was 
born September 10. Ann Carter Young, Cyn- 
thia Noland Young's daughter, was born the 
same day and weighed the same as Connie's 
boy. Cynthia's house in Stanford is still a 
distant prospect, but she hasn't lost hope. 

Jeanne Harris is another swell person who 
always responds to my frantic call for news. 
Jeanne is worthy of anyone's admiration. 
She has been working constantly since leav- 
ing Sweet Briar and has gone on studying and 
broadening her interests. At this point, she is 
studying at Columbia University for her M.A. 
degree in Chinese. After three years work 
in New York, Jeanne plans to go to Peking. 
She has seen Patricia Joblin (ex-'40) who is 
secretary to an executive in the Standard Oil 
Company. Patricia is enthusiastic about her 
position and about living in New York. Ruth 
Goodwin has resigned her job with a Rich- 
mond Insurance Company to study in order 
to work for an export firm. Margaret Val- 
lance is with the State Dept. in Washington, 
continuing the O. S. S. work that she did 
during the War. Irene Vongehr Vincent, her 
husband, and daughter are still in Kalamazoo. 
Mrs. William H. Hardy, formerly Hug 
Schmidt, writes that her two young lads, Bill 
and Sandy, are practically independent at the 
ages of four and two respectively. Billy is at- 
tending Nursery School before taking on the 
Kindergarten responsibilities next year. Billy 
is the strong, silent type and Hug can't get a 
word out of him in regard to his school ex- 
periences. Hug is involved in many civic ac- 
tivities, etc. She is working on a new Junior 
League project of a nursery school for spastic 

Janet Runkle Wells and husband, Bob, have 
bought a large orchard at Pataskala, Ohio. 
They remodeled the farm house and have al- 
ready moved in. Janet heard from Becky 
Fannill Gwin that the Gwins have purchased 
a house in Houston. 

Arline Simmen MacArthur moved into 
their new house in June, and Chet is back at 


Alumnae Neu s 

work for the Continental Can Company. A 
fenced-in yard helps Arline keep track of 
three-year-old Bruce. 

rhe Richmond round-up gets bigger and 
better each time. Mary Johnston Bedell has 
joined this group. I was there the last of Sep- 
tember and saw a lot of people, but unfor- 
tunately missed seeing all of them. Mary is 
very, very slender these days. I only saw her 
for a little while, but there was time to meet 
the attractive new husband, see the lovely 
wedding pictures, and hear a few of Mary's 
interesting overseas experiences. Canny Lan- 
• a ter Pasco's two sons obligingly had a double 
date with Emory Gill Williams' two pretty 
daughters, so I had a chance to see the four- 
some. Emory was about to move from her 
family's home to an apartment. Jane Gool- 
rick Murrell is settled in their stunning 
apartment. On the Murrell's vacation this 
summer they saw Beth Thomas Mason and 
Tate in Ann Arbor. Eve Williams Turnbull 
and Knox are the proud possessors of a farm 
near Richmond and hope to live there event- 

As for me, there are just two things on 
my mind at the moment. Number one is to 
write "finis" to this and number two is to 
spank our puppy who has just lunched on a 
nylon stocking. You can understand my pre- 
dicament, so I'll close by beseeching you to 
send your contributions promptly to the 
Alumnae office. 

Class Secretary: Joan DeVore, 3 13 5 Victoria 
Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Patricia Dowling (Mrs. Alfred 
von Wellsheim), 17 Higby Road, Utica 3, 
New York. 

Looks like the fall season is once more un- 
der way and I'm back again at my old re- 
porting job after 28 months in the Navy 
and a good, long "readjustment" period. I'd 
like to thank Do Albray publicly for the 
good work she did for me. 

A brief report on the mighty 5th reunion 
is in order first. We were a small but very 
enthusiastic bunch and were flattered that '4-1 
still lingered in the minds of the people on 
campus. Those of us who attended had a 
wonderful time and we covered everyone and 
everything from Reid and Grammer days to 
Betsy Tower winning the Sullivan award 
graduation day. 

To begin with — the babies. 

Mi mi Worthington Foster has a little girl, 
Louise Kingsbury, August 29. Edge Carda- 
tnone O'Donnell had another son, Richard, 
the same day. Franny Balduin Whitaker is 
the proud mother of Meade, Jr., born Sep- 
tember 13. 

Evelyn Cantey became Mrs. Andrew Bur- 
net Marion on September 20. Betty Jo Mc- 
Narney was married to Major Charles E. 
Williams, former aide of General McNarney, 
August 27, in Germany. After a honeymoon 
in Switzerland, Italy, and Capri, they are liv- 
ing in Berlin. On August 30, Peg Tomlin 
announced her engagement to Paul Graves of 
Lynchburg. Paul, a brother of Laura Graves, 
was graduated from the University of Vir- 
ginia. August 20 was a red letter day for 
me, as I, too, announced my engagement — to 
John E. Roth, Jr., of this fair city. Neither 
Peg nor I are sure about the wedding dates, 
but we've had lots of fun comparing notes 
on the success or hopelessness of gathering 
together the necessary items for housekeeping. 

Ellie Damgard Firth wrote a perfect letter, 
loaded with news. She and Swede have been 

lucky and rented an apartment in Charles- 
ton, West Virginia. Swede is a real estate 
agent there. Ellie's Molly is 2 and a "cherub." 
She reports that Betty Fawcett, (ex-*41), is 
now Mrs. James Collier and has a young son, 
Jimmy. They are living in Iowa City while 
her husband goes to law school. 

Libby Lancaster Washburn. William, and 
young Bill are in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where 
they have a house. William is working in a 
paper mill. Betty Doucctt O'Neill and Jack 
have found a house in Pleasant ville. Barbie 
i\Vi en.- Wickerham wrote a grand letter say- 
ing Wendy is 4 and in nursery school. Barb 
had just returned from campus, her sister 
transferred there this year. She had fun but 
it made her feel kind of ancient. She's talked 
to Beanie Whitaker Bartel. Beanie, Joe, and 
the baby are living at her mother's in Win- 

Pat Sorenson Ackard and Bill have taken 
up residence in Denver where Bill is in the 
insurance business. Pat Potter Roach and her 
husband are in Louisville while he goes to law 

Got a wonderful letter from Franny Wil- 
low Dowdey. She writes that they have a pub- 
lication date on November 7. Doubleday is 
bringing out husband Clifford's one and only 
non-fiction book, "Experiment in Rebellion." 
Franny said the last days on the book were 
reminiscent of the two-day reading period be- 
fore exams. Bebo Chichester Hull is still liv- 
ing in New Jersey and rapidly gaining fame 
as a cook. 

Shirts writes that she and Dick have finally 
moved into their house — an old one which 
they have redecorated — and are pleased to 
death with it. Butch and Johnny are with 
Butch's mother, having had no luck along 
the househunting line. Janie Loi eland Byerts 
and little Bill have joined Bill at Hick ham 
Field, Honolulu, where Bill is with A. T. C. 
Anita Loving Lewis and Bill are established 
in Washington, and from Anita's report it's a 
busy and g?y place to be. Eunice Foss Sneed 
has returned to Lynchburg. She, John, and 
wee Ann DeBard are waiting to move into 
the house they have built. 

Remember, you get this issue of the Alum- 
nae News gratis — a contribution to the fund 
will bring the other three copies to you too. 
Better send in a contribution and keep up 
with activities. Don't wait for me to write 
you, you write me. 

5-Year Reunion, June, 1947 
Class Secretary: Catherine Coleman, St. 
Anne's School, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Ann Hauslein {Mrs. Thomas 
G. Potterfield. 262 Kent Road, Wynne- 
wood, Pennsylvania. 

In spite of the long summer vacation, many 
of my wonderful intentions were never real- 
ized. One of them was the matte of send- 
ing out postals. However, I do have some 
news of '42, and, since this issue reaches all 
of you, I hope that you will be inspired to do 
two things: contribute to the Alumnae Fund 
(you will then receive future issues of the 
News), and send me the news of your where- 
abouts and goings-on. 

Sally Walke Rogers wrote me last May that 
John was at 1-st out of the Navy and that 
they were settling then in McDonald, Penn- 
sylvania. After John got home in December 
they went to Sea Island where they saw Sally 
Schall Van Allen and Bill. Si had seen Laura 
Graves in Lynchburg and while in New York 
she called Cynthia Abbott Botsford, who re- 

ported that Bots arrived home the early part 
of the year. A future item from Si says that 
Bobbie Ripley was out of the WAVES and 
plannning to come to the East Coast this 
summer, and that Betsy Chamberlain was 
married in March to Peter Duncan Burchard. 

Annie Barrett George has, on a couple of 
postals, reported the names of three candidates 
for the class of '66. Melissa Allen is the 
daughter of Diana Stout Allen and was born 
in April. Chookie Groves Martin has a daugh- 
ter, Evelyn, born May 7, and Marion Robbins 
Parrish is the mother of Betsy, born in March. 
A future beau is Anne's son, Tog (the third 
Orme George) who arrived July 16. Annie 
and Orme are now back in Houston and, 
miracle of miracles, have at last found an 

From St. Paul, Minnesota, comes a letter 
from Frannie Boy n ton Drake. Carl, who was 
on one of the first ships to enter Tokyo Bay, 
has been home since the first of November. 
Carl and Frannie are the parents of a red- 
headed son and a black-haired little girl. They 
see Swede quite often as well as Ping, whose 
husband is Carl's brother. 

Since my return to Charlottesville I have 
seen Penny Lewis a great deal. Penny looks 
wonderful and tells fascinating tales of her 
sojourn abroad with the O.S.S. After work- 
ing at Mountain Lake this summer, she is now 
debating about the future. 

I had dinner at Toppin Wheat's the other 
night. Toppin 's interest in music has not 
diminished. Her exercises for her fingers are 

At the VMI-Virginia game I saw Anne 
Morrison Reams and Nancy Goldbarfh Glaser. 
I had a chat with Nancy and Milt, who are 
now settled permanently in Richmond much 
to their delight. 

So ends all news for now, but do write 
to me at St. Anne's School, Charlottesville, 
Virginia, and if any of you are in the vicinity, 
drop in on me, won't you? In the meantime, 
remember the fund and remember that June 
1947 marks our fifth reunion. 

Class Secretary: Clare Eager, Charlesmead 
Road, Govans P. O., Baltimore 12, Maryland. 
Fund Agent: Karen Kniskern (Mrs. Rob- 
ert White), 98 8 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, 

I have been off on a lengthy vacation in 
the wilds of Canada and have somewhat neg- 
lected my duties, but have managed to gather 
up a few items so here they are: First on the 
list are four new infants — one, Gwendolyn 
Law Taylor, born to Mary Law Taylor on 
August 12. Mary has been at Fort Washing- 
ton with her husband so I haven't met her 
daughter yet but expect to this month when 
Mary comes to Baltimore. The other three 
babies are boys. Theodore Hervey Geuthing, 
III, was born on June 6 to Camille Guyton 
Geuthing; Ed and Janie Lampion Middle ton 
had their first on September 13; and Dorothy 
Campbell Scribner had another son, Donald, 
born July II, weighing in at 9 lbs. 14 oz. 

Betty Schmeisser has announced her en- 
gagement to Karl J. Nelson of Cranford, N. J. 
The wedding is scheduled for October 12 
and they will live in West Orange, N. J., in 
a house with eight other men and no women! 
Then, on October 26, the wedding of Sarah 
Louise Adams to Robert S. Bush of Mont- 
clair, N. J. This romance blossomed on that 
trip of "Ouija's" last spring, after a friend- 
ship had started in San Antonio during the 
war. Also Viola Miller, (ex-'43), who early 

October, 1946 

in September announced her engagement to 
Alfred Milton Scott, is now married and liv- 
ing in Virginia Beach. 

Harriet Pullen became Mrs. John Ormsby 
Phillips on July 6. Harriet wrote me from 
Pittsburgh, where Onus is with Heppenstall 
5teel, that they honeymooned at a ranch in 
North Carolina. She expected to take her 
State Board exams in nursing in Pittsburgh 
and must have done so, as Page tells me that 
she has a part-time nursing job. They have 
an apartment and everything seems to be 
perfect. All Anne Mcjunkhi Briber's post 
cards report failures at house hunting in 
Milwaukee. She and Frank have been living 
all summer in one rented room, eating their 
meals out. "Ping" is looking too — in Boston. 
She and Em saw Junk and Frank on their 
-way back after Em got out of the Navy. 
Ping's husband started as Chief of Surgical 
Residents at the Veterans' Hospital in West 

Boston seems quite a gathering plice. 
"Tookie Kniskern "White is still there. Fay 
Martin Chandler and Al have just moved in, 
while Huide and Lynn Emerick Huidekoper 
have bought a house right outside in Mil- 
ton. Lynn hasn't seen a Briarite for so long 
that she is saying rashly, "Tell anyone 
who comes near here to please look us up." 
fimmie and Karen Norris Sibley have left that 
area after Jimmie's year at Harvard Law 

Marguerite Hume wrote me last spring of 
an engagement, but her c?rd missed the 
deadline by one day. So, in case you haven't 
heard over the summer, Janice Fitzgerald is 
to marry Judson Mease, who has been over- 
seas and is now finishing his course at Chppel 
Hill. Marguerite also said that Helen Lawton 
Is still "Dot Tell It All" for the Courier- 
Journal in Louisville. I wish she'd tell 
me a little more. 

Janie Findlay finally crashed through with 
a letter from Canada where she was summer- 
ing. She wants to try working in New York 
this winter, but her plans are uncertain as the 
girl she expected to live with departed for 
the west suddenly. I also heard from Judy 
Snoic Benoit not long ago. They have bought 
a house which Judy isn't overly enthusiastic 
about. Still, it is a home and a relief after 
moving five times in less than a year. Marey 
Sbugart Dennehy has anchored in Norfolk 
where Rod's ship will be until February. After 
that, Shug expects to stay on there as she 
is tired of moving too. Her family has in- 
creased by one puppy which takes turns 
chewing at and being chewed by Baby Joan, 
who is a year old now. Shug says Elsie Jack- 
son Kelly is going to live in Atlanta. 

Katie Parker is still in New York but with 
a different job. She is now working for the 
Transport Union — CIO — organizing the air- 
lines, and writes that she loves it. Virginia 
White has a new job this summer too — at 
an Episcopal Mission in the Blue Ridge Moun- 
tains. The last I heard from her she was va- 
cationing at Mackinac Island, Michigan. 

As a matter of fact, everyone, including 
me, has been summering too much to keep 
in contact. By the next issue I hope to have 
gathered up many interesting tidbits, so 
please all of you send in your contributions 
(for the Fund to Brooks, for the column to 

Efne has moved to Columbus, Ga., where 
Iier husband is a cotton broker and where 
she has a "miscroscopic" house; Louise Moore 
Nelson was up from Charlottesville and look- 
ing very lovely at a wedding here; Martha 

Bohbitt McTigue has gone to a very romantic- 
sounding spot — Limatambo, Peru; and Jane 
Hardley Harris has been living in Richmond 
for a while. 

1 have a last-minute flash from "Snookte" 
Campbell Shearer bringing news of Fayette 
McDowell's engagement to Ros Willet. He 
used to come to S.B. occasionally so maybe 
some of you remember him. The wedding is 
to be October 19. Snookie herself is back 
at Princeton where she often sees Brae Pres- 
ton. Logan is working in Philadelphia for the 
Insurance Companies of North America and 
they hope to move there as soon as possible as 
the commuting problem is all-consuming. 

Class Secretary: Connie Sue Budlong, Box 
181, Occupational Therapy Department, Ken- 
nedy V.A. Hospital, Memphis 15, Tennessee. 
Fund Agent: Marian Shanley (Mrs. Wil- 
liam L. Jacobs) Box 41, Newport, Arkansas. 
As usual I'm full of excuses for my gapo- 
sis of literary elegance. This time it's packing 
— alas, undone. Have been home for two 
weeks on my Christmas leave, and have had 
great luck seeing the lo c a 1 '44's. Ran 
into Helen Cantey Woodbridge and West in 
the pouring rain on Fifth Avenue, but we 
postponed our get-together until we could 
gather a few more. So — Janet Staples, Lulu 
Sadowsky, Helen and I managed lunch to- 
gether one day. Staples, now a civilian, is in 
the early throes of the New York School of 
Social Work, and living at Hartley House. 
Lulu is studying art and living her usual hec- 
tic life. She reported that Sidney Holmes has 
a new job with the New York Times. Also, 
Ann Bowen is back; in New York, but hard 
to find. Helen and West are, with the great 
majority, house-hunting. Barbara Clark, ex- 
*44, now has her degree in Economics from 
New York University. 

We're keeping up our quota of weddings 
and babies . . . though sometimes the news 
is old by the time I finally hear it (this is 
a subtle hint, please). Recent and not-so 
weddings are as follows: Evelyn Pretlow to 
Alexander Ormiston, June 15. Evie and her 
husband are living in Canada. Josephine Soule 
has been Mrs. William Walker Claghorn 
since her marriage in Honolulu in November, 
1945. Her address is 2128 Kalakaua Avenue, 
Honolulu, T. H. Virginia Gowen, ex-*44, was 
married to Robert Garland Brown, III. of 
Carthage, Texas, on June 1. Hazel Fellner 
Tuttle and her husband are living at 1 198 
University Station in Charlottesville while he 
is studying at the University. Their wedding 
in June was a big occasion, and one that I am 
sorry I missed. Betty Haverty was mar- 
ried to Alexander Wyle Smith in Atlanta 
on August 3 1. Juliette Tchou Ling (Mrs. 
James C.) is now settled in North Plainfield, 
New Jersey. Helen Crump's engagement to 
Jack Cutler has been announced, and the 
wedding will take place this fall. Our new 
babies are Betty Boyd, IV, who was born 
to Betty Boyd Farinholt Cockrill and Jim in 
August; Sharon Booth, daughter of Mimi 
Etbridge Booth, and Elizabeth Connor Jacobs, 
an August arrival, daughter of Marian 
Sbanley Jacobs. Our only boy is Stephen 
Richard, son of Kitty Holleman Richard. 
Sympathy goes from all of us to Kitty and 
Hank for the loss of their oldest son this 

Some of us are lucky! Sterling Nettles 
Murray reports that they have a house, pre- 
fab, style, but home! Another new house 
owner is Susie Landis Lancaster. She and John 


are settled at 348 Oakland Beach Avenue, 
Rye, New York. The Camms, too, arc at last 
rooted. Millie Lit tie ford Camm is in Cin- 

News from Brad after all these years. 
She's back in Lexington, Kentucky, but was 
about to move on to New York when last 
heard from. She thought that Susie Somer- 
vell was still in Italy, being Aide to General 
John Lee. Margy Brendlinger has stopped 
WAVE-ing and hopes to do some graduate 
work when the furore in education-seeking 
calms down a little. Here's some of the news 
she sent me: Martha Lindsey and Adeline 
Taylor are gracefully and efficiently manag- 
ing their respective homes, as Margy saw in 
a recent visit to both. She met Frances 
Longino's fiance, Hugh Schrader, in Atlanta. 
Leslie Herrick is still enthralled about her 
"35 childen" and the teaching at Walt Whit- 
man School. Helen Gravatt paid Margy a 
brief visit between a church convention and 
Evie Cantey *s wedding. Tina White, it seems, 
is the belle of Rochester; and is thinking 
strongly about a little graduate work too. 
Babe Loveland Swanbeck, Ray, and little 
Jimmie have a house near New London now. 
Peg Gordon is combining teaching English 
and administrative work at the University of 
Georgia Extension in Savannah. Gunner 
and Paulett Long Taggert have recently moved 
from Rahway to Boston. Pat Vatton MacMan- 
nis is in New York waiting for their new 
abode in Larchmont to be completed. Mary 
White is working at William Morris in New 
York and living at the female branch of the 
Allerton house. 

Had a long and newsy letter from Muriel 
Abrash Salzberg. Amy is doctoring at the 
V.A. Hospital in Rutland Heights, Massa- 

Lunched in Montclair with Goody not long 
ago, and the Goodspeed tradition is in fine 
fettle. Goody is combining drama (running 
the League Children's Play, Little Theatre, 
etc.), being a Nurses Aide, domesticity, and 
a violent social life, with her usual calm and 
aplomb. We reminisced madly and had a 
gr?nd time doing it. Tried to phone Dot tie 
Tobin Ayers and Ginnie Hall, but was doubly 
unsuccessful. Alice Sarah Hepburn sent me a 
3 -page volume ending with the following 
"To be brief, I am out of the Army." She 
is now attending Westminister Choir School 
at Princeton and living c/o Mrs. Wentworth 
at 4-2 Lincoln Lane. I called her up the other 
evening, and was extra pleased to hear that 
old Hepburnian bellow. Bea Boericke, too, is 
out of the Army and home again at Deepdene. 
Giddy Whitehead keeps me posted on the 
latest S.B.C. doings. She's busy accumulating 
"experience" with her mountain climbing va- 
riety of social case work, and is thrilled with 
it all. Her schedule leaves me, weakened as I 
am by Army versions of the 8 -hour day, 
shuddering when I finish reading it; but she 
seems to be thriving. The last post card to 
sneak in under my deadline was from Dotty 
Ecu t tell Smith. She's keeping house, watching 
her daughter turn into a real grown-up (24/^ 
inches tall) and loves teaching piano on the 
side. Again- I repeat my plea — please drop 
me a line even if you don't get an inquiring 
postal. We'd all like to hear from all of you. 

Class Secretary: Jodie Morgan, H3S Quar- 
rier Street, Charleston, West Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Mary Haskins, 901 Oak Street, 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

I really do feel like the foreign correspon- 
dent. I find myself comfortably situated in 


Alumnae News 

far-off North Carolina for a nice visit when 
i suddenly dawns on me that I must throw 
together, at last, bits of news for you. I'm 
sitting in Pooch Porcher's home in Charlotte. 

The best place to begin seems to be where 
we left off in May — Mcjunk and I picked up 
Mary Has kins at SBC and then drove on down 
to find Perk Traugott sitting on the steps at 
the Buchanan cottage, at Nag's Head, waiting 
to greet us. Mcjunk and I drove back through 
SBC, spent the night there and saw Leila 
Barnes, Martha Holton and Jean Moores who 
were all there for our first class reunion. 
Where were the other 67 members? Missed 
seeing you all! Leila was on her way home 
from W&L finals. Latest news from Jean is 
that she is working in a doctor's office as 
assistant, secretary, receptionist and right hand 

The first of June seemed to find everyone's 
(well almost everyone's) third finger, left 
hand, completely cluttered up with diamonds. 
Beck Avery started the ball rolling when she 
announced her engagement to Frank Duff. 
They were married October 12. Mil Carothers 
and Sarah Temple announced theirs by unique 
means. A plane flew over the assembled guests 
and dropped small bits of propaganda about 
Mil and Bill Heally and Sarah and Tom 
Moore. The former were married in August 
and the latter wedding will take place Octo- 
ber 26. At the same time our little Alice 
Edwards announced her engagement to Joe 
Davenport of Chattanooga. They will live in 
Chattanooga after their wedding October 5. 
Betsy Smythe was married to Richard L. 
Hayden on August 22 in Dallas, and they 
are living in New Haven. 

Cappy Price's wedding to Bruce Bass took 
place in Louisville in September with Steve 
Nicholson and Betty Healy as bridesmaids. 
Mary Herbert was married September 6 to 
Dr. Edmund Taylor. 

Tickie Clark was married in August to 
Lt. Robert S. Farrell. They are living in 
California. Tay Reese was the only Briarite to 
get to the wedding which took place on 
Fisher's Island. 

Elaine Krause married Lt. William Kelty 
at Fort Benning in August. 

Engagements recently announced include 
Dorecn Brugger's to Dr. Paul Wetzig from 
Pueblo, Color ida. Last word from Deen she 
was doing research in a Staten Island hos- 
pital. Huldah Edens has just announced her 
approaching marriage to Captain Thomas H. 
Jackson of Shreveport, Louisiana. 

News from the newly-weds, Gus Hazen and 
Clyde, is that Clyde is attending college in 
Ames, Iowa, and Gus is teaching chemistry. 

There are now two more members of the 
class of '62. Nancy Fcazcll Kent and Bob 
have a new daughter and Mary Kathrync 
Frye and Sam's daughter, Kathryne Glenn, 
was born September 1. 

Several 45'ers spent the summer seeing 
America first. Mary Haskins and Susan Bu- 
chanan went to California with Dr. Has- 
kins who was attending the medical conven- 
tion in San Francisco. Zu Zulick took her two 
weeks in St. Louis visiting Hedy Edwards. 
Edie Page Gill was in Philadelphia for a short 
time. Ginny Berrier vacationed in New York 
and vicinity. 

Virginia Beach takes the prize for luring 
the biggest crowd. Lyn Dillard, Leila Barnes, 
Hilda Hude, Betty Cocke, Irene McDonald 
Hill, Pooch Porcher, Kagee Agee, Jane Mc- 
Junkin (who also visited Perk in Norfolk), 
Edie Page Gill, Leila Burnett and Frances 
Brantley all happened to be there around the 
same time. 

Betty Pender's wedding to Dick Lazenby 
sounded like another May Day with Mrs. 
Reams making the dresses. Kagee, Irene, 
Betty Cocke, and Anne Dickson were all in 
the wedding. 

Our own South American, Mary Symes, has 
returned to the "States" and is living in 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She and Diddie Gay- 
lord got together in New York for a little 
visit. I had' a post card from Chris Wright 
the other day and she was a secretary at 
Middlebury College this summer. Last year 
she went to Katherine Gibbs'. Betty Cocke 
seems to have spent a busy winter in Mem- 
phis. She went to business school and then 
May first started a wonderful job at Cotton 
Carnival Headquarters (Cotton Carnival be- 
ing the Memphis equivalent to Mardi Gras). 
All this sounds like the "job of the year" — 
Selling tickets, writing letters, entertaining 
men and then at six o'clock begin working 
by going to parties, dinners and balls. Edith 
Farr is going to teach Spanish in the Fair- 
fax High School this fall. Not long ago she 
spent the day with Bunny Gray Wilson whose 
husband now has a residency in a Richmond 
hospital. Audrey Betts is wonderful about 
keeping me in touch with big city life. She's 
still working but ready for a vacation this 
fall. She's done so well with her job that she 
no longer has to report on Saturday morning. 

The first of September found Charleston 
full of Sweet Briar people and it was really 
wonderful seeing so many all together again. 
Ade Jones' ('46) wedding drew many and 
others just happened to be out in that part 
of the country at the same time, so we had 
quite a reunion. Pooch and Lyn Dillard ar- 
rived on the same train and the next day 
Lovah Willcox and Polly Kent (all '46) were 
there, too. Such fun as we did have. Lovah 
visited Kagee and then stopped in Charles- 
ton for a while. Then she and Pooch and I 
set out for Charlotte. I have seen Manda 
Parsley, Peggy Booth and Frances Brantley 
here. Who knows I may be seeing all of you 
before this trip is over. 


Secretary: Dorothy Corcoran, 4545 Oretga 
Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida. 
Fund Agent: Dorothy S. Caldwell, 4707 
Bay shore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida. 

Doesn't it seem strange to be the class who's 
now "lost in the wide, wide world"? We all 
had pangs when September rolled around this 
year and we weren't heading for Virginia and 
the mountains blue . . . Hope this letter will 
help to bring us together again, if only on 

You all were wonderful to come through 
with such long letters after my frantic pleas 
for news. The class of *46 has certainly been 
busy, what with trips, marriages, jobs, and 
post-grad work . . . Jean Carter, after being 
at both Ellie Clement's and Ade Jones' 
weddings this summer is teaching English to 
seventh graders at the prep school she at- 
tended in Chattanooga. Betty Ann Bass is 
also teaching (7th grade geography and 8th 
grade American history) in a Knoxville 
junior high school. She tells me that Mary 
Vinton is working in a dress shop in Mem- 

Ade Jones married Coerte Voorhees of 
Bed minster. New Jersey, on September 7 in 
Charleston, West Virginia. Besides Carter, 
Nancy Dowd, Polly Kent, and Nancy Waite 
(who's been in New York since the wed- 
ding ) were also on hand, and Flo Cameron 
was maid of honor. Ade and Coerte honey- 

mooned at Sea Island, Ga., where they met 
f el low-honey mooners, Jessie Strickland Elcock 
and Walter B. Elcock, Jr., who were married 
on the same day as Ade, and are now hap- 
pily settled in Atlanta. 

Intellectual curiosity has gotten Dowd in 
a big way; she's working for her M.A. in 
psych at Ohio State University and is loving 
every minute of it. Says it's quite a contrast 
to S.B. — 24,500 students with twelve men to 
every woman! Also post -graduating are Margo 
Sibley, who's at the University of Texas, 
working on her Masters in Chemistry; Cath- 
erine Smart at Chapel Hill, getting a Masters 
in American history; Louise Crawford at the 
University of South Carolina working for 
a Masters in English, planning to finish in 
May; and perhaps the most exciting pos'- 
grad. work of all is being dime by Mary Lou 
Hnlton and Caroline Rudulph, who are ?t 
the University of Geneva in Switzerland,, 
having sailed on August 16 on the Queen 
Mary! Virginia Wynne is taking a few courses 
at the University of Louisville as preparation 
for possible future teaching. 

Catherine Smart sent me all kinds of news 
(thanks loads, Catherine! ) . She says that 
Grace Schoenheit is at the Barbizon in New 
York, studying at Katy Gibbs. She has two 
jobs lined up for the future: modelling and" 
writing. Eleanore Sherman Sorenson (ex-'46) 
is living in Burlingame, California, keeping 
house for her student husband. Anne Stubbs 
(ex-'46) has been on an extended automobile 
tour of the United States with three Newport 
News friends. Most exciting experience: being 
on the "Queen for a Day" radio program in 
Hollywood. Marilynne Mayer (ex-'46) , after 
graduating from the University of Colorado, 
is now taking a business course at Sahna, Kan- 
sas. Bev Randolph visited in Charlotte, North 
Carolina, last July, and is now, as far as 
we know, back home. 

Pinkie Butler is now Mrs. William James 
Maxwell, having married "Red" in Florence, 
South Carolina, on October 12. They are 
honeymooning in Texas, and so will be able 
to go to Hallie Tom Nixon's wedding on 
November 9 when she will marry Jack Powell 
in Corpus Christi. Babs Hood and Ruth 
Houston will be present, too, so it ought to 
be a great get-together for those suite-mates! 
Hallie Tom and Jack are to live in Tyler, 

News of other Texans is that Sissy Inge 
is studying "music and more music" in Dal- 
las under a famous concert pianist, and is 
also taking musicology courses at Southern 
Methodist University. Ellen Robbins recently 
returned to Houston after an extended trip 
to Colorado. 

Crutcher Field travelled in Canada this 
summer, is now back in Miami, and is going 
to try to pay the campus a visit as soon 
as she gets her car. She says that her ex- 
roommate Margaret Fish (ex-'46) is going to 
marry Ensign Clyde Rockwood, U.S.N., on 
November 16 and live in San Diego for the 
present. She also told me that Helen Wil- 
kinson (ex-'46) was married to Dan Neal 

Polly Vande venter is now assistant librar- 
ian in the William and Mary Division in 
Norfolk. She's asked questions "from dreams 
to democracy!" She went out west with her 
family this summer in their new Chevrolet, 
covered 10,000 miles of the United States and 
part of Canada. 

Miss Glass is making her home this winter 
with her niece, Mrs. Arthur GoodwilHe. Her 
address is Roslyn, Route 2, Charlottesville. 





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the design for the new Sweet Briar plate, the result of 
lots of time, thought, discussion and correspondence over a period of 
two years. Word is being impatiently awaited concerning the length of 
time it will take to make the necessary engravings, and the date when 
the first deliveries of plates from the Wedgwood potteries may be 
expected. The plates will be made in mulberry and blue, Wedgwood 
shades which are almost duplicates of the former china made by Cauldon; 
the Wedgwood green is very different and the Council voted not to 
have it. 

The drawing was made from many photographs, by an artist employed 
by Jones, McDuffee and Stratton, distributors of the china. Look closely 
at the border and see that it is as distinctly Sweet Briar's own as is the 
center design . . . the flowers are sweet briar roses, magnolia and 
mountain laurel. 

You will receive notice when the time comes for orders. Please be patient 
a bit longer! We hope to send order blanks within the next six months. 




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February, 1947 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Clubs and their Presidents 


Wn mington: Miss Virginia Wellford, '39, Bo\ No. JJ1, Greenville. 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: (Includes Washington, D. C, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 

Mid Silver Springs, Maryland); Miss Margaret Banister, '16, Stoneleigh Court 

Apartments, Connecticut Avenue and L Street, N\V. 


Jacksonville: Miss Helen Murchison, '46, 3790 Ortega Boulevard. 


Chicago: Miss Barbara Duncombe, '44, 97 Indian Hill Road, W'innetka. 


Lexington: Miss Anne Noyes, '43, 221 Sycamore Road, zone 3 0. 


Baltimore: Miss Clare Eager, '43, Charlesmeade Road, zone 12. 


Boston: Mrs. Homer D. Jones (Helen Cornwell, ex 40), 1556 Massachusetts Ave- 
nue, Lexington. 


St. Louis: Mrs. George A. Phillips (Janet Lee Appell, ex 43) 1346 McCutcheon 
Road, zone 17. 


Northern New Jersey: Miss Gerry Mallory '33, 169 East Clinton Avenue, 
Tenafly, New Jersey. 


Long Island: Mrs. William H. Gengarelly (Dorothea Loebman, '3 5) 23 South 

Elm Street, West Hampstead. 
New York City: Mrs. Adrian Massie (Gertrude Dally, '22) Purchase Street, Rye, 

New York. 
Westchester: Miss Harriet Shaw, '37, 221 Highbrook Avenue, Pelham 65. 


Cincinnati: Mrs. William H. L. Dornette (Frances Hester, '44), 358 Shiloh 

Street, zone 20. 
Cleveland: Mrs. Charles F. McGuire, Jr. (Louise Case, '18) 3310 Warrington 

Road, Shaker Heights 20. 
Toledo: Miss Anna Mary Chidester, '45, 2633 Meadowwood Drive, zone 6. 


Philadelphia: Mrs. Herman A. Affel, Jr. (Eugenia Burnett, '42), 7902 York 

Road, Elkins Park. 
Pittsburgh: Mrs. Franklin D. Hoffman (Frances Cordes, '3S), 1376 Sheridan 
Avenue, zone 6 


Chattanooga: Miss Jean Carter, '46, 115 Ridegside Road. 

MEMPHIS: Mis. Harry A. Ramsay (Elizabeth Saunders '39), 41 South Centun , 
zone 1 1 . 


Alexandria: Mrs. Robert E. Latham (Ella Jesse, '33) Episcopal High School. 

Amherst: Miss Mildred Faulconer, '44. 

Arlington: Mrs. James W. Foster, Jr. (Page Ruth, '43), 2717 S. Wayne Street. 

Lynchburg: Mrs. Gordon P. Howell (Laura Graves, '42), 233 S. Princeton Circle. 

Norfolk: Miss Ellen Blake, '29, 1309 Stockley Gardens, zone 7. 

RICHMOND: Mrs. James A. Glascock, Jr. (Adelaide Boze, '40), 2211 West Grace 

Street, zone 20. 
Roanoke: Miss Betty Frantz, '40, 376 Walnut Avenue, S\\", zone 16. 






Volume XVI 

February, 1947 

Number 2 

Martha von Briesen — Helen H. McMahon, Editors 

TheSweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Mrs. Frederic William Scott 
(Elizabeth Pinkerton, '3 6) 
Bundoran Farm, North Garden, Virginia 

Past President — Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 

* (Mary Huntington, '30) 

Box S4M, Drake Road, Cincinnati 27, Ohio 


Director of Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Edward C. Marshall 

(Edith Durrell, '21) 

6326 Ridge Avenue, Pleasant Ridge 

Cincinnati 13, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Mrs. Stephen Coerte Voorhees 

Windy Hill Farm 

Bedminster, New Jersey 

Executive Secretary and Treasurer 

Helen H. McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Alumna Member of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia W. Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond 21, Virginia 

Alumnae Members, Board of Overseers 

Margaret Banister, '16 
Stoneleigh Court, Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. Richard E. Barnes 

(Elsetta Gilchrist, '27) 

65 1 J York Road, Parma Heights, Cleveland 9, Ohio 

Chairman of the Alumnae Fund 

Gerry Mallory, '3 3 

169 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey 


Sweet Briar Alumnae Clubs and Their Presidents 

Inside Front Cover 

How Isolated is Sweet Briar? by Eva Matthews Sanfoni 3 

Alumnae and Faculty Talk About Education at 

Sweet Briar 4 

Sweet Briar Day — December 2 8, 1946 7 

College Calendar t 8 

Americans All by Miss Lucas 9 

New Board Members . . ■? 11 

Here and There 13 

Alumnae in the News 14 

Our School in Paris : 15 

Mr. Beard 15 

Class Notes 16 

Mrs. John H. Cronly 

(Martha Valentine, Academy) 

1416 Park Avenue, Richmond 20, Virginia 

Mrs. Paul J. Kruesi 

(Margaret Thomas, ex '12) 

Riverview, Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Mrs. Frederick H. Skinner 

(Louise Hammond, '19) 

North Shore Road, Algonquin Park, 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Mrs. Homer A. Holt 

(Isabel Wood, '19) 

Cornwell's Beach Road, Sands Point, L. I. 

Mrs. Charles Wadhams 

(Marian Shafer, '21) 

112 Adams Street, Brockport, New York 

Members of the Alumnae Council 

Mrs. Adrian M. Massie 

(Gertrude Dally, '22) 

Purchase Street, Rye, New York 

Mrs. John Twohy 

(Grace Merrick, '24) 

44.2 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk 7, Virginia 

Mrs. Fred Andersen 

(Katherine Blount, '26) 

Bayport, Minnesota 

Mrs. Thomas K. Scott 

(Amelia Hollis, '29) 

3 606 Plymouth Place, Lynchburg^ Virginia 

Mrs. John S. Smith 

(Ruth Hasson, '3 0) 

204 Lingrove Place, Pittsburgh 8, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. John B. Orgain, Jr. 

(Norvell Royer, '3 0) 

2013 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 

Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown 

(Sally Shallenberger, '3 2) 

Ashbourne, Harrods Creek, Kentucky 

Mrs. Henry L. Young, Jr. 

(Lida Voigt, '3 5) 

2924 Nancy Creek Road, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 

Mrs. Ralph A. Rotnem 

(Alma Martin, '3 6) 

3 30 East 79th Street, New York 21, N. Y. 

Lucy Ruth Lloyd, '41 
Valley Brook Farm, Downingtown, Penn. 

Mrs. Frank E. Briber 

(Anne Mcjunkin, '43) 

8103 West Bluemound Road 

Milwaukee 13, Wisconsin 

February, 1947 
Dear Alumnae, 

The Alumnae Council met for its mid-winter meeting at Sweet Briar for three days of hard and 
interesting work beginning Thursday morning, January 30. 

The first day was occupied exclusively with the meeting with the faculty which is reported on 
page 4, and with working out plans so that discussions may be held by all of you along similar lines. 
All of us alumnae came away from this meeting wishing that each of you could somehow have been 
there and taken part in it. You will have similarly interesting gatherings, I know, when your club meets 
ill March and in May to discuss articles written for the alumnae clubs by Miss Lucas and Dean Lyman. 
We have worked out plans which we hope will guide you so that the discussions will move along paral- 
lel lines and produce conclusions valuable to the college as well as to the alumnae. Miss Lucas, Mrs. 
Lyman, and the faculty are enthusiastic about our undertaking, and are watching its development with 
real anticipation. 

A letter will come to club presidents soon, from Mrs. Edward C. Marshall (Edith Durrell '21), 
vice-president and chairman of clubs, introducing the project, together with the outline for club meet- 
ings which has been prepared by a special committee of the Council whose chairman is Mrs. Fred 
Andersen (Katherine Blount '26). If you are in a group not organized as an alumnae club and would 
like to receive this material, please notify Mrs. Marshall. If any of you have suggestions as to how the 
discussions should be guided, send them to Mrs. Andersen. Their addresses are listed on page 1. 

The second and third days of meeting were concerned with more usual business. We spent much 
time on reports of and plans for the development of our alumnae clubs. We have a few really active 
clubs, and many others which have been in a state of suspended aimlessness. Our hopes are high that the 
projected discussion groups will be the nucleus around which will gather interested people and interest- 
ing activity. Our concern was with the working cut of ways in which the committee on clubs and the 
Council could serve the anticipated need. We occupied ourselves also with a study of the report on 
constitutional revision, on which a committee has been working since last June. The chairman, Mrs. John 
Twohy (Grace Merrick '24), has made an exhaustive study of constitutions of organizations of every 
type. A full revision of the Constitution and By-Laws, carefully studied and after many stormy ses- 
sions approved, will be presented to the Alumnae Association in the spring. Reports of the Alumnae 
Fund and the Engagement Calendar sales, study and recommendations for the Alumnae Association 
budget for 1947-48, reunion plans for May 31-June 2, were all carefully considered. 

I should like to tell you how inspiring it is to meet and work with the 2 members of the Alum- 
nae Council, who come at their own expense from as far away as Minnesota, and who apply themselves 
steadily while at Sweet Briar to the problems at hand. We enjoy so much the coming back to college 
with work to do, and not with the aimless and lonely feeling which comes when you visit a place 
where once you were busy and useful and where now you seem to have no part. We work very hard, 
with meetings all day, and committees working at lunch time and at night. We revisit our old friends 
among the faculty, enjoying the new relationship which our increased maturity brings, and all of us 
make new and valued friendships among those faculty members who are new since our time or whom 
we happened not to know well in college. We talk most frankly and earnestly among ourselves, and we 
enjoy each other tremendously. We all go home exhausted in body but refreshed in mind. We hope that you 
will be pleased with what we have done, and that you will be interested in the report prepared by Martha 
von Briesen '31 of our discussion meeting with the faculty. 

Elizabeth Pinkcrton Scott '36 


Volume XVI 

February, 1947 

Number 2 

How Isolated Is Sweet Briar? 

/>y Eva Matthews Sanford 

"Q«eet Briar is so isolated!" We hear these words from 
C? students and faculty and staff — rarely from our 
visitors, whose arrivals and departures seem to leave them 
unaware of our isolation. Like the cliches of the world 
outside our gates, this statement covers a multitude of sins; 
it is easier to use a cant phrase than to admit that most of 
our limitations spring from the inertia of the inner woman, 
or man, and not from the compulsions of our environment. 
Curiously enough, we hear it often from those who seem 
in practice least inhibited by the narrow sphere of the 
campus; students who seldom have any "nights" left 
over at the end of a semester, and members of the faculty 
whose activities have wider ramifications than their words 
suggest. I think it is a bad thing for the college that we 
use this phrase so thoughtlessly. If I were a parent, I 
should not wish to send my daughter to a college that in 
this day and age was really isolated, and apparently content 
to continue in its segregated state. Certainly I should not 
care to teach in an institution where isolation was a chronic 

I shall not dwell on the geographical factors of our loca- 
tion. After all, we have the Southern, though our desires 
often outrun its performance. There are good roads, and 
some of us have cars. We have a good telephone system, and 
if the lines to Lynchburg and Amherst are often busy when 
we wish to use them, it is because others are using them. 
Our radios are not always subject to static, and we sub- 
scribe to a tremendous bulk of newspapers, magazines, and 
reviews. The Postoffice handles more mail than the authori- 
ties think its limited space justifies, and that mail comes 
from and goes to all states of the Union and most parts of 
the w*orld. Visitors often strain the resources of the Inn 
and of our hospitable neighbors; we are coeducational 
over the week-end, and few parents are dependent on the 
Viewbook or the Calendar or their daughters' descriptions 
for their mental picture of the college. The committee on 
lectures and concerts provides a varied and interesting 
program every year. Obviously, here as elsewhere, isolation 
is a state of mind. But is it really our state of mind? Have 
we converted the Boxwood Circle into an ivory tower? If 
not, it is poor publicity to keep saying that we have. 

Dr. Sanford is associate professor of history. She is distinguished as 
a scholar, especially in mediaeval and classical history, and she is the 
author of The Mediterranean World in Ancient Times and of a great 
many articles which have been published in learned journals. Miss 
Sanford also enjoys a reputation as a writer of witty verse, as a cook of 
no mean ability, and as an indefatigable knitter and gatherer of 
clothing for Greek "w~ar Relief. 

A survey of student activities that are pertinent to this 
question would be fruitful and enlightening. However, I 
shall confine my observations to the faculty. We all have 
minds, not necessarily better than those of the students, 
but presumably more mature and experienced, and, in 
theory at least, our use of our minds plays a dominant role 
in our lives, and a not inconsiderable part in theirs. The 
isolation of Sweet Briar has not yet produced a local dialect 
such as is characteristic of other remote communities. We 
speak many varieties of the American language inter- 
spersed with accents from across the southern and northern 
borders of the country and from Europe. The majority of 
the faculty are Americans, from the South and the Deep 
South, from the north Atlantic and middle states, the far 
West, and Texas. Most of us have studied and taught in 
other parts of the country than those in which we were 
born. We have spent considerable time in Europe and 
the Near East, the Far East, or Central and South America, 
according to our various scholarly interests, our personal 
predilections, and our opportunities. Among the members 
of the faculty who came from outside the United States 
to help link us with the rest of the world are Mr. Connor 
and Miss Agnew from Canada, Miss Boone from England, 
Miss Stochholm from Denmark, Mesdames Johnson and 
Barker from France, Miss Huber from Switzerland, Miss 
Stiicklen and Mr. Bernheimer from Germany, Mr. De 
Rocco from Belgrade, Mrs. Levi DAncona from Italy, 
and "Senor" from Italy and Spain (and Connecticut!). At 
present Mr. Masur, a former professor at the University of 
Berlin, who has lived for some years in Colombia, is sub- 
stituting for Mrs. Raymond in modern European history. 
When Senorita Flores arrived from Mexico last fall to fill 
a last minute vacancy in the Spanish ranks, she brought 
Mr. Connor a gift from her Italian teacher, who had 
studied under him at Pomona one summer. Last summer 
two of our number, Mr. Barker and Miss Buckham, were 
among the hundred teachers of French in secondary schools, 
colleges, and universities, from all parts of the United 
States, whom the French government invited to visit 
France, that they might study its present conditions and 
problems at first hand, and interpret them to American 
students. Two out of a hundred seems a large proportion 
to assign one small college. Here is eloquent testimony 
that news of our isolation has not reached Paris. 

The system of sabbatical leaves helps keep us in touch 
with the world. Dr. Rice is teaching at the Medical School 
of the University of Wisconsin this year. Mrs. Raymond 

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Alum ii ae Neu s 

Alumnae Council and Faculty Talk 

"What about our college and its opportunities for serv- 
ing the future?" With this question, President Lucas 
started the ball rolling at the day-long session during which 
the Alumnae Council and a large group of faculty mem- 
bers discussed some of the aspects presented by this provo- 
cative query. These meetings marked the first day of the 
Council's midwinter session. 

Wake Up, Alumnae!, Miss Benedict's article in the 
October Alumnae News, was, in fact, the springboard 
for the program for the day. In it she suggested, you may 
recall, alumnae discussion groups centered on educational 
topics related to Sweet Briar in order that "the individual's 
ideas should be welded into the group's contribution" to 
be passed on to the college, as a vital contribution which 
only the alumnae are in a position to make to their col- 

This proposal gained momentum when President Lucas 
wrote in her first statement to the alumnae last October, 
"Let us have the benefit of your judgment and perspec- 
tive in re-thinking Sweet Briar's course of study and 
in re-evaluating our entire college program." 

Enthusiastically, the Alumnae Council at its fall meet- 
ing welcomed the opportunities thus presented to them. 
Here was something, they felt, which all alumnae would 

The meeting of Alumnae Council with the 
Sweet Briar faculty got us off to a running start 
in this urgent business of taking stock of our- 
selves and of re-evaluating the ends and means 
of a liberal arts education. 1 am only sorry that 
every one of yon could not bare been with us 
to give us your ideas on the questions discussed. 
But there will be further opportunity in the 
months ahead. You may be surprised to learn, as 
~\ou talk together, how smart you are . . . after 
all these years since you turned in that last exam! 
You will be meeting and talking this spring; and 
perhaps you will get back to college soon to take 
part in an educational symposium here on the 
campus. Great things can come of our reading 
and thinking and talking together . . . for the 
future of education . . . here and everywhere! 


welcomc too; a chance to express themselves, in group dis- 
cussions, concerning the values they had received, the 
weaknesses they had found, in their own college experi- 
ence, not to mention the hopes they cherish for Sweet 
Briar's future. Accordingly a committee was appointed 
and began to formulate plans for starting the discussion 
groups. Headed by Katherine Blount Andersen, '26, the 
committee consists of Edith Durrell Marshall, '21, Alma 
Martin Rotnem, '3 6, and Anne Mcjunkin Briber, '43. 

So much for the immediate background of the venture. 
The first discussion was opened by Elizabeth Pinker/on 
Scott, alumnae president, en Thursday morn'ng, January 
3 0. President Lucas briefly introduced the large topic, 
and then the talk began. 

A dozen questions, formulated by alumnae and faculty 
members, had previously been placed in the hands of all 
those who came to the meeting, in order to channel the 
discussion somewhat. In the comparatively short time at 
hand, however, not all of the questions were touched on, 
nor was any one of the topics exhausted! Skillfull)' directed 
by Mrs. Scott, the lively exchange of ideas went somewhat 
as follows: 

Toward what goals in life should women be 
educated today? Should women's education differ 
from men's education in any essential nay? 

Miss Lucas: The old cry of career-vs. -marriage has 
now pretty well subsided, for it is generally recognized 
that marriage, home and family are, in fact, a career. 
If pursued successfully, it calls upon a woman's best re- 
sources. But "home" is more than four walls! Today it is 
seriously charged that women's colleges and community 
agencies are failing to bridge the gap between campus 
and community. What can we do about this? 

Other speakers: 

The extension of life means that women have to 

prepare for a long life span and our ideas of woman's 
career need to be revised. Women should develop as early 
as possible continuing interests so that they will have 
something to carry on when the children are grown. 

In her talk here last year, Margaret Mead, the 

anthropologist, pointed out that there isn't anything which 
women do in some cultures that men don't do in others. 
1 believe that education for women should be the same as 
tor men. 

We should arrive at the essentials of education for 

men and then what /;; addition should be essential for 

What da yon consider essential in education for 

This question involved discussion of the place of such 
an organization as the League of Women Voters on the 
campus. The Sweet Briar chapter, which flourished for a 
few years, died about a decade ago for a number of reasons, 

February, 1947 

about Education at Sweet Briar 

including the lack of good program organization. One 
faculty member pointed out that students in at least one 
sociology course now get an introduction to the kind of 
civic organizations they are apt to find in most communi- 
ties. Another suggested a similar presentation, in con- 
densed form, to the entire student body annually. 

It was the opinion of one that students during the last 
few vears are less interested than were students of a decade 
ago in carrying through the responsibilities of elected 
office. Miss Lucas felt that student government could 
serve much more effectively as a training ground for future 
civic participation if wiser adult guidance were given in 
the colleges and universities. 

An alumna, herself active in community affairs, said 
that in her experience it has been those who were not 
leaders in college, rather than those who were, who have 
taken the most active part in community affairs. Someone 
else reminded the group that it takes many good followers 
to make a good leader effective. 

We could train students to be more critical of 

those they elect to office and more critical of how they 
carry through their jobs after they have been elected. 
Practical experience will give them the take-off for com- 
munity enterprise. 

Our juniors and graduate students now in Europe 

realize that they and their fellows here, for the most part, 
haven't formed the habit of really thinking and talking 
about subjects beyond the movies, fashions, etc. 

Isn't that partly because they haven't been pressed 

by political and economic problems and realities as have 
the European students they are meeting? 

A faculty member pointed out that European students 
are chosen by other standards than ours . . . and added 
that students of her generation, for example, were vitally 
concerned in the struggle for woman's suffrage, now no 
longer an issue. "Also, we have to face the fact that 
present-day problems are far more disturbing than those 
we faced. Do the students want to be disturbed?" 

Miss Lucas replied, "We are obliged by our very nature 
as a liberal arts college to disturb the mind, to free it from 
its prejudices." 

Someone inquired: "Do the parents of our students 
want them to be disturbed?" 

To which an alumna said, "I should like our college's 
position so clearly understood that those parents who do 
not want their daughters to be disturbed no longer send 
their daughters here." 

Is the homogeneity of Sweet Briar students desir- 
able or undesirable? 

A faculty member said, "We have to try to com- 
pensate for the homogeneity of our students by trying to 
make vivid, in the abstract, the variety which they will 
later encounter. Somehow to increase the variety of stu- 
dents at Sweet Briar would be one of the answers to this 
problem, it seems to me." 

Dean Lyman writes: 

/ found it a most heartening experience to share 
in the discussion of the Alumnae Council. It is 
good to have the interest and support of the 
alumnae groups in the central business of this 
college and their help in making both materials 
and the methods of its instruction as fruitful as 
possible for our students. It is the first time that 
1 have known of a meeting of members of the 
administration, of the faculty and of the alumnae 
body all participating in such a discussion. Many 
valuable suggestions came from the meeting which 
will be of help to us here at the college, and we 
look forward eagerly to the continuation of these 
talks in the alumnae groups throughout the coun- 
try, and to our receiving further suggestions from 
them. It has been good education for all of us 
concerned, and we take special pleasure in its 
being an adventure into the field of adult educa- 
tion — a very timely outreach of Sweet Briar's 

An alumna asserted that if they haven't already learned 
something about "the other fellow," college is the place to 
begin to get that experience at first hand. 

Miss Lucas' question, "What opportunity do our stu- 
dents have to know the kind of students whose education 
has been fought and died for?" led. to a discussion of schol- 
arship opportunities as a means of attracting students who 
could not come to college without substantial financial 

Dean Lyman asserted that providing enough people 
for the jobs that need to be done (on campus) has 
been the problem in the last two or three years. But respon- 
sibility toward a job can not be rested only on the need to 
earn, she pointed out. This year, when the library was 
greatly in need of workers, the posts were filled by girls 
who were willing to do the work as a civic service and re- 
sponsibility, and with considerable success. 

As for recruiting students who do need "all-expense" 
scholarships, one faculty member said that such a student 
needs to consider very carefully the college she wishes to 
attend. What does it offer her as preparation for her 

That led, naturally, to another topic, the liberal arts 
education as preparation for an occupation. 

Alumnae Ncn > 

The negative response in regard to questions we 

get about the introduction of courses in typing, home eco- 
nomics, etc., into our curriculum, should be replaced by a 
positive attitude, pointing out what the liberal training 
offers as preparation. 

Students should be encouraged to use their sum- 
mers in pursuit of the vocational training and skills which 
they don't get here. A good many of them do that very 
thing now. 

Sweet Briar goes a long way toward fitting girls to 


Someone wanted to know if Sweet Briar graduates 
could teach in public schools, lacking required "credits in 
pedagogy." Yes, was the prompt reply, Virginia welcomes 
college graduates as teachers today and provides as added 
inducements opportunities for in-training positions and 
scholarships for teacher-training in summer schools. 

Dean Lyman spoke of a plan to present the needs for 
. . . and the rewards of . . . teaching to all of the 
students. President Lucas added that liberal arts graduates 
are peculiarly well fitted to teach. Many of our faculty 
members, she added, are trying to interest students in 

In answer to an alumna's question as to the present vo- 
cational guidance set-up at Sweet Briar, the chairman of 
the faculty-student personnel committee explained that 
it is generally considered inadequate and unsatisfactory. 
The faculty members are too busy with other matters, none 
is really trained in personnel work, clerical assistance is un- 
obtainable. "The overhead for a good set-up is too large 
for a small college to carry by itself." Nevertheless, many 
of today's graduates are placed in jobs; all others who want 
them have no trouble finding them a few months later. 

Should a liberal arts education be modified to offer 
more practical courses in preparation for mar- 

In answer to inquiries, Mrs. Wailes, who teaches them, 
told about the courses in The Family now given here. One 
is for students who have had at least one other course in 
sociology, the other is for seniors who have had no soci- 
ology. The content of both courses is similar, the treatment 
is different. Students are asking for more consideration of 
parent-child relations, child psychology, behavior prob- 
lems. Changes in the courses are based somewhat on re- 
quests such as these. The second semester course, Economics 
of Consumption, takes up questions of economics in home- 

At this point, it was suggested that a course in Social 
Relationships might be established as a "core" course, given 
at the sophomore level, to include some material now gen- 
ei ally covered in various economics, sociology, government, 
and psychology courses. Another suggestion concerned a 
non-credit senior seminar based on the same topic. 

It was further suggested that reading lists of material 
having to do with marriage and family life be published in 
the Alumnae News. These could serve, ideally, as a basis 
for group discussions. 

Following luncheon, discussion was resumed, this time 
by a smaller group of faculty members who had vol- 
unteered to serve on a faculty-alumnae committee to draw 
up plans for study programs to go to alumnae clubs that 
want to form discussion groups. Mrs. Andersen was chair- 
man of the afternoon session. 

It opened with a plea for a curriculum based on Chris- 
tian, rather than Classical, concepts and ideals, a spiritual- 
istic rather than a materialistic point of view, which was 
presented by Mr. De Rocco, instructor in art. Miss Pearl 
(professor of Greek and Latin and chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Instruction) pointed out that it would be dif- 
ficult to separate the "Christian" from the "Classical," 
since the Christian ethic is based so largely on Classical 

Returning to the question of getting information from 
the alumnae, Dean Lyman remarked that the alumnae are 
best fitted to answer vitally important questions concern- 
ing the strengths and weaknesses in their education. They 
have had the experience here and out in the world and 
they have the objective point of view which those who are 
here, daily immersed in the work of the college, cannot get. 

Miss Buckham suggested an alumnae-faculty institute, 
with outside speakers, to be held for several days after 
commencement, as a means of getting some of the answers. 
"Have a good pow-wow," she said, "about all the ques- 
tions which face the alumnae in their communities and in 
their homes." 

A counter-proposal was that of having small "insti- 
tutes" first in the local groups as preparation for a larger 
gathering here. 

Several alumnae mentioned that their own clubs were 
eager to begin study groups at once. Dean Lyman and 
President Lucas volunteered to make out a brief reading 
list to be sent to club presidents along with the study 
plans. Further details about the plans as agreed upon in 
this meeting appear in Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott's letter 
to all alumnae. 

Just before the session was brought to a close, Miss 
Mull threw out this question for alumnae consideration: 

Through what channels can the alumnae best operate to 
bring about improved conditions in the primary and sec- 
ondary schools in their own communities? 

Miss Pearl then proposed the following questions: 

Have you acquired intellectual and moral values in 
college which enable yon to make proper judgments? 

Do you feel that yon need a "course" in order to learn 

Have you become acquainted with some one subject 
thoroughly enough so that yon have a respect for scholar- 
ship and for intellectual achievement? 

Have you acquired a sufficient "speaking acquaintance" 
with various fields of knowledge so that you aren't com- 
pletely at sea and do have an interest in them? 

In closing, Miss Lucas said, "We are asking for a re- 
evaluation of your own education received at Sweet Briar 
in the light of your experience, your reading, and your 
thinking since you left this campus. We have high hopes 
for the future!" 

February, 1947 

Sweet Briar Day— December 28, 1946 

Sweet Briar was present in the conversations, as well 
as in the hearts and minds, of many alumnae in many parts 
of the country on Sweet Briar Day, December 2 8, 1946, 
according to the reports which have come in from the 
chairmen. Some met at breakfast, some at luncheon, and 
ethers at tea or coffee parties. 

New York, observing Sweet Briar Day for the first 
time in three years, broke several records. Not only was 
it the largest gathering in the country (150 alumnae, 
faculty members, parents, and students) but it was appar- 
entlv one of the largest similar meeting on the records. 

President Lucas, making her first visit to this group, 
was the guest of honor and chief speaker. As if that 
weren't enough, the assemblage also had the pleasure of 
seeing and hearing Sweet Briar's first president, Miss Bene- 
dict, and Dr. Connie Guion, one of the early faculty 

Sweet Briar's past, present and future and the role of 
the alumnae in the development of the college were the 
themes of the talks given by Miss Benedict, Dr. Guion, and 
Miss Lucas. Because they contain a message for all Sweet 
Briar alumnae, the following excerpts are taken from Miss 
Lucas' address. 

"The time is probably past when college women can 
fulfill their obligations to society by occasional alumnae 
tea parties with the usual exchange of trivialities. The 
world is in crisis. Everyone is analyzing the cause and 
suggesting a cure. Many thoughtful people are tracing the 
trouble right back to the homes. And that is where the 
majority of women are, if they are pursuing one of the 
most important careers of the world. It is a career, this 
business of creating the kind of home in which children 
can grow into mature, well-adjusted human beings — the 
kind of human beings of which our world is so desperately 
ill need. 

"To my way of thinking there is no career in the 
world of more fundamental importance to the future of 
a Free Society than marriage. I am not speaking of the 
kind of so-called marriage which has already taken a third 
of our war alliances to the divorce courts, but of that 
most demanding asd comprehensive of all occupations, the 
making of a home with all the ramifications of home- 
making, child-rearing, and community planning which 
such a career should involve. From the emphasis which 
psychiatrists are now giving to the importance of a sound 
emotional start in life, it is clear that the schools, colleges, 
and churches, the whole formal process of instruction and 
character building, can give only 'too little and too late' if 
the parents have failed in their initial tasks at home. A 
tremendous responsibility for the women of the world, 
but that is only the beginning! The world now stands in 
desperate need of the intelligent participation of women 
as well as men in civic, national, and international work. 
Demanding as are the mechanics of homemaking and child- 
rearing, women must and can shoulder their share of civic 
responsibility and, as time and aptitude permit, extend 
their active citizenship into national and world affairs. 

This is the way the Alumnae Office looked just before the Christmas 
mailing was sent on its way. Maria Gregory, '47, is helping Betty 
Van Aken, assistant alumnae secretary. Unfortunately the picture 
does not show Frankie Gardner, '47, and a dozen other diligent stu- 
dents who worked hard to get Miss Lucas' letter out to all alumnae. 

"For these essential and important tasks, the world 
needs liberally educated women. These are crucial days we 
are living through, days when humanity is looking to the 
forces of education for its very survival. If we in the col- 
leges are to fulfill our responsibility of educating women 
for the important work ahead, it is time to take stock our- 
selves, to re-examine our purposes, and to re-evaluate our 
needs to this end. Already we at Sweet Briar are launched 
upon a discussion program preparatory to adjusting our 
curriculum and our teaching procedure to meet the chal- 
lenge of these times. We need and want the opinion of 
our alumnae on these important questions of educational 

"With the enthusiastic cooperation of every alumna, 
Sweet Briar can, I believe, make an important contribu- 
tion to world understanding and lasting peace." 

Credit for the success of this stimulating meeting, 
which took place in the Music Room of the Biltmore 
Hotel, goes to the co-chairmen, Gerry Mallory, '3 3, and 
Gertrude Dally Massie, '22, and to their aides in Manhat- 
tan, Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey. 

Emphasizing the values of the liberal education in the 
modern world. Dean Mary Ely Lyman spoke at the Wash- 
ington luncheon, at which she was guest of honor. West- 
ray Boyce, '48, acted as spokesman for the present students, 
bringing the alumnae the news of campus happenings and 
student discussions. Forty-one were present at the meeting. 

Further south, in Charlottesville, another lively, al- 
though smaller, group carried on its discussion concerning 


Alum nar Newt 

Sweet Briar. Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott, '36, president of 
the Alumnae Association, gave the group an outline of the 
plans being made by the Alumnae Council for discussion 
and study groups for alumnae throughout the country, 
with Sweet Briar the focus of their attention. Miss Glass 
told of her trip to England last summer as a delegate to 
the meeting of the Council of the International Federation 
of University Women. Dr. Harley was also a guest of 

Boston alumnae heard Miss Laura Buckham, associate 
professor of Romance Languages, speak about her trip to 
Prance last summer as one of 100 teachers who were 
guests of the French government. Twenty-three attended 
the meeting and an interesting discussion of club plans 
was followed by a tea. 

Taking advantage of the Chicago appearance of Mary 
James, '41, in Apple of His Eye, the enterprising chairman, 
Barbara Duncombe, '44, not only persuaded Mary to come 
to the luncheon but also arranged a matinee party for 
those members of the group who wanted to see the play. 
Luncheon began at 12:30, and in addition to the account 
of college news brought by Judith Campbell, '50, there 
were brief talks by Marjorie Woods Williamson, '44, and 
Louise Konsberg, '44, who told of the jobs they had taken 
upon graduation for which their education at Sweet Briar 
had fitted them. 

Several clubs had non-Sweet Briar speakers. One of 
these was Richmond, which invited Clifford Dowdey, 
widely known author, and husband of Frances Wilson, '41, 
to speak informally after the luncheon, held at the Oak 
Leaf Inn. Forty-nine were present. Pittsburgh, which has 
allied itself with a community welfare agency known as 
Heart House, had as its speaker Miss Elizabeth Kuhl from 
that organization. As an annual contribution, the Sw r eet 
Briar Club of Pittsburgh is giving records for the children 
at Heart House. Twenty alumnae attended the luncheon, 
held at the University Club. 

Mrs. Edward C. Marshall, recently elected to the Board 
of Overseers of the college, was the guest of honor at the 
Charlotte Sweet Briar Day meeting, which was attended 
by 27. The speaker on that occasion was the Rev. George 
Henry, of Christ Episcopal Church. He urged the alumnae 
to discuss their ideas for the improvement of the college, 
to compile them, and forward them to Sweet Briar. Per- 
haps he would be willing to serve on the new Educational 
Policy Committee of the Alumnae Council! Two students, 
Margaret and Evelyn Woods, assisted the alumnae chair- 
man, Catherine Smart, '46, in welcoming the 27 guests. 

One of the largest groups met in Norfolk for luncheon 
at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and later heard 
Council members Louise Hammond Skinner, '19, and 
Grace Merrick Twohy, '24, tell about the fall meeting of 
the Council and the inauguration of President Lucas 
which they had attended. The 42 alumnae became very 
much interested in the proposed study groups and reports 
have it that they are eager to begin their discussions. 

The Cincinnati Club conducted a most interesting 
Information Please program, participated in by several 
well-informed alumnae, and Edith Ditrrell Marshall, '21, 
vice-president of the Alumnae Association, carried news 

of Alumnae Council plans and news of the inauguration of 
Miss Lucas to the 3 3 alumnae gathered for luncheon at 
the Country Club. Chattanooga heard similar reports from 
Margaret Thomas Kruesi, ex-' 12, another Council mem- 
ber, and Anne Mcjiinkin Briber, '43, was heard in Mil- 
waukee. Helen McMahon, '23, alumnae secretary, spoke to 
the group in Huntington, West Virginia. 

Guests at the Lyncrburg luncheon, held at The 
Columns, included Dean-Emeritus Emily H. Dutton, Mr. 
Wheaton, college treasurer, and E. S. Wengert, associate 
professor of government, recently appointed as a con- 
sultant to the Atomic Energy Commission. Both Mr. 
Wheaton and Mr. Wengert spoke informally. 

Other meetings held on Sweet Briar Day included the 
following: Amherst; Asheville; Atlanta; Augusta, Geor- 
gia; Baltimore; Birmingham; Charleston, West Virginia; 
Cleveland; Columbus, Georgia; Detroit; Indianapolis; 
Jacksonville; Louisville; Minneapolis-St. Paul; New Or- 
leans; Philadelphia; Roanoke; Savannah; Seattle; St. Louis; 
Tampa; Toledo; and Wilmington, Del. 

Although the number of cities in which Sweet Briar 
Day was observed this year was smaller than in the past 
few years, the individual meetings were marked by a new 
enthusiasm, according to the letters from chairmen. Alum- 
nae everywhere, stimulated by Miss Lucas' Christmas letter 
and by her previous statements to the alumnae, are eager 
to begin the group discussions through which they can 
make their individual contributions to the development of 
the college. 

College Calendar 


2 Sermon and Holy Communion. The Rt. Rev. 
Henry D. Philips, Bishop of Southwestern Vir- 
ginia, Roanoke, Va. 

2 Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra. 

8 Dance Recital. 

9 Service and Sermon. The Rev. Thomas B. Cowan, 
Norris Religious Fellowship, Norris, Tenn. 

1 9 Dr. Howard E. Kershner, vice-chairman for over- 
seas work, Save the Children Federation. 

21 Madame V. L. Pandit. 

22 William Steven, baritone, assisted by the Sweet 
Briar Glee Club. 

26 Spring Vacation begins. 

April •. 

3 Spring Vacation ends. 

6 Service and Sermon. The Rev. George Bean, 
Chaplain Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. 

11-12 Paint and Patches production — Dear Brutus. 

13 Service and Sermon. The Rev. Phillips Elliott, 
First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York. 

19 Sweet Briar and University of Virginia Glee 
Clubs, concert. 

20 Service and Sermon. The Rev. Albert Edwards. 
Orange Presbyterian Church, Orange, Va. 

27 Service and Sermon. The Rev. Richard H. Baker, 
Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, Md. 


3 May Day. 

February, 1947 

Americans All 

Miss Lucas' introduction to the scries of chapel talks which arc scheduled for February and March, 
was given on February 4. Those who heard it were deeply impressed by it and believe it will also be of 
interest to alumnae readers. 

OUR CHAPEL program today begins a new series to be 
entitled Americans All. We are to have during the 
next six weeks guest speakers who represent many different 
groups of people in this land of ours; groups which some of 
us have not had an opportunity of knowing and under- 
standing. Our speakers will include the following: 

Deaconess Mary S. Hutton, The Mission, Pine Grove 
Hollow, Virginia, who will speak on Isolated Mountain 

Mr. William S. Meacham, Director of Probation and 
Parole, Richmond, who will speak on The Second Chance. 
Dr. William M. Cooper, Hampton Institute, whose topic 
will be Our Negro Minority in the Post-War Period. 

The Rev. Sherwood Day, Amherst, speaking on The 
Story of the Conscientious Objector. 

Mr. W. L. Gibson, labor union leader, Lynchburg, who 
will speak on Labor's Neiv Role in American Society. 

Father William J. Meredith, Lynchburg, whose topic 
will be The Catholic American. 

Rabbi Ariel L. Goldburg, Richmond, who will speak on 
What is Judaism? 

A Japanese-American student and veteran of World War 
II from the School of Military Science of the University 
of Virginia. 

Of all the things the peoples of these various groups have 
in common, one of the most important is the fact that 
they are Americans All. 

Before we can launch ourselves with any degree of 
enthusiasm upon such a program as this, it would probably 
be a good idea to decide what we mean by Americans All — 
or by just any American. It is clear, I think, that we do not 
mean it in the sense that America is a place. Nor in the 
sense of exclusive nationalism or pompous patriotism. 

Some years ago John Randall remarked in his compen- 
dious volume, The Making of the Modern Mind, that: 

"Whatever its origin and ultimate value, patriotism is 
beyond doubt the most widespread social ideal of the day; 
it is the modern religion, far stronger than mere Chris- 
tianity in any of its forms, and to its tribal gods men give 
supreme allegiance. Nationalism is always the one idea for 
which the masses of men will still die." 

This is certainly not what we have in mind when we 
speak of Americans All. Nor was it what John Latouche 
had in mind a few years ago when he wrote the Ballad for 
Americans, which I am sure every one of you has heard 
sung on the radio by Lawrence Tibbett or Paul Robeson. 

John Latouche is the boy from Richmond — who went to 
college at Columbia University. While he was at Columbia 
he wrote the college show, and just out of college, col- 
laborated with another young man on the song which La- 
touche calls A Pamphlet for Democracy. The song, you 
recall, presents a composite American — a person of all 
races, creeds, and activities. Says the protagonist in the 
song (Paul Robeson to you!) : 

"I am the teacher, beauty specialists, bartender, me- 
chanic — all of them — I am the etceteras and the and-so- 
forths that do the work." 

Another voice: "Hold on there, what are you trying to 
give us?" 

Second voice: "Are you an American?" 
Solo voice: "Am I an American? I'm just an Irish, Negro, 
Jewish, Italian, French-and-English, Spanish, Russian, 
Chinese, Polish, Scotch, Hungarian, Litvak, Swedish, Fin- 
nish, Canadian, Greek-and-Turk, and Czech and double- 
Czech American! 

"And that ain't all. I was baptised Baptist, Methodist, 
Congregationalist, Lutheran, Atheist, Roman Catholic, 
Orthodox Jewish, Presbyterian, Seventh-Day Adventist, 
Mormon, Quaker, Christian Scientist — and lots more." 

That, from a young men from Richmond — and what he 
means by America. 

For me, America is not place, or national pride, or even 
a composite of race, creed and activity, though this last is 
nearer my meaning. 

For me America is prophecy and dream. It is a concept 
which is basically and historically religious. To my way of 
thinking, it is especially fitting that our program on 
Americans All be presented in our chapel hour, in an 
atmosphere of worship. 

The America that is prophecy and dream has a long, 
long history, far back beyond 1776 or 1492 or even the 
beginnings of Christendom. Since early days, human beings 
have been divided on a great question: 

Is the nature of the world and of human life such 
that every man has that in him which demands moral 
consideration from every other man? 

Or is the nature of the world such that "human 
personality" deserves no moral consideration — that, 
in fact, there is no moral content in man or in his 
universe? That the strong and unscrupulous men will 
and should inherit the earth? 

In the very beginning of our own Hebrew-Christian cul- 
ture, there was a disturbing confusion of these ideas. It is, 
in fact, in the book of Genesis that we find amid the 
Hebrew sacred legends of the beginning, a famous myth of 
racial superiority. Beginning with Genesis IX-24: we read: 
"When Noah awoke from his wine and learned what 
his youngest son had done to him he said: 'Curst be 
Canaan. The nearest of slaves shall he be to his broth- 
ers.' Also he said 'Blessed of the Lord my God may 
Shem be. And let Canaan be his slave. May God 
expand Japheth and dwell in the tents of Shem. But 
let Canaan be his slave.' " 

In Hebrew thinking we find a gradual growth from this 
Master race idea to the consummation of quite another 
idea in Christian thinking, for example: 

1. (II Samuel) David's adultery with Bathsheba and 
murder of her husband Uriah; rebuked by the 


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prophet Nathan, speaking in beh.ilf of "the little 


2. (I Kings) Assembly in Shechem, 931 B.C. Reho- 
boam's tyranny was opposed, again in behalf of 
the people. 

3. (1 Kings) Jezebel's murder of Naboth to get 
vineyard for her husband, King Ahab; rebuked 
by the prophet Elijah, speaking again for the 
"little man." 

4. The great prophets like Hosea, Amos, and Isaiah 
called out for social justice (Amos' great exhor- 
tation) "Let justice roll down as waters and 
righteousness as a mighty stream." 

5. Jesus' attitude as shown in the parable of the 
Good Samaritan. Samaritans were outlanders, half- 
breeds. Yet Jesus cited a Samaritan for his 
rightous act. It was Jesus who taught: "Love the 
Lord your God and all men as yourself." 

So in our Hebrew Christian history a great idea was 
presented and slowly developed. I have reminded you of 
only a few of the early chapters in the long history of this 
great idea. Of course the myths persisted, and it seemed 
to be the strong rather than the just who inherited the 
earth. But somehow men could not forget the great ideas, 
the ideas of justice and the rights of Everyman. And so the 
dream continued — and there came a time and a place. 
Which was America. Whether they landed at Plymouth 
Rock or Jamestown in one century or at Ellis Island in 
another, they came believing in a dream; the dream of 
freedom — in speech, in thought, and in action; the dream 
of opportunity for every man, to work and save and build 
for the future. 

Tragic to tell, not all the ships have been ships of dreams, 
in search of a better world. The year 162 which saw the 
Pilgrim Fathers landing at Plymouth also saw a Dutch 
sloop slipping into a harbor at Jamestown in Virginia. This 
ship disembarked not men with dreams of freedom but the 
first cargo of Negro slaves to be delivered to these shores. 
American slavery had begun with the enslavement of In- 
dians for gang work in mines and on plantations. It was, 
strangely enough, a good and humane man, Las Casas, who 
urged that Negroes be brought to America to spare his 
persecuted Indian proteges. There was an imperative 
need for labor on the plantations in the south if those plan- 
tations were to "pay off." In fact, so great was the need 
that, when the supply of Indian captives proved inadequate 
our southern planters turned not only to Negro slave dealers 
but to the jails and poorhouses of Europe. Of course, these 
exinmates of the latter institutions have long since been 
absorbed by the dominant free population of this country, 
their descendants not infrequently pointing with pride and 
convenient ignorance to their "colonial connections." But 
Negro slavery continued on, through the days of the Revo- 
lution and for the better part of another century. 

True, many thoughtful men in the colonies had uneasy 
consciences. One of Thomas Jefferson's accusations against 
the Crown and Lords of Great Britain was that the at- 
tempts by the colonists to restrain the slave trade had been 
checked by the great proprietary interests in Great Britain. 
The Virginia Bill of Rights said: "All men are by nature 

free and equal," and outside in the blazing sun toiled the 
Negro slave. That cup of anguish has been handed on to us, 
out of the moral blindness of the past. That and our dreams 
oi America as the time and the place for social justice and 
the freedom of every man. 

A few years ago, Mr. Archibald MacLeish published a 
little book, a poem which he called America Was Premises: 

America was promises — to whom? 

Jefferson knew: 

Declared it before God and before history: 

Declares it still in the remembering tomb. 

The promises were Man's: the land was his — 

Man endowed by his Creator: 

Earnest in love: perfectible by reason: 

Just and perceiving justice: his natural nature 

Clear and sweet at the source as springs in trees are. 

It was Man the promise contemplated. 

The times had chosen Man: no other: 

Bloom on his face of every future: 

Brother of stars and of all travelers: 

Brother of time and of all mysteries: 

Brother of grass also: of fruit trees. 

It was Man who had been promised: who should have. 

Man was to ride from the Tidewater: over the Gap: 

West and South with the water: taking the book with him: 

Taking the wheat seed: corn seed: pip of apple: 

Building liberty a farmyard wide: 

Breeding for useful labor: for good looks: 

For husbandry: humanity: for pride — 

Practising self-respect and common decency. 

And Man turned into men in Philadelphia 

Practising prudence on a long-term lease: 

Building liberty to fit the parlor: 

Bred for crystal on the front-room shelves: 

Just and perceiving justice by the dollar: 

Patriotic with the bonds at par 

(And their children's children brag of their deeds for the 

Colonies) . 
Man rode up from the Tidewater: over the Gap: 
Turned into men: turned into two-day settlers: 
Lawyers with the land-grants in their caps: 
Coonskin voters wanting theirs and getting it. 

Turned the promises to capital: invested it. 

America was promises to whom? 

Tom Paine knew. 
Tom Paine knew the People. 
The promises were spoken to the People. 
History was voyages toward the People: 
Americas were landfalls of the People. 
Stars and expectations were the signals of the People. 
Whatever was truly built the People had built it. 
Whatever was taken down they had taken down. 
Whatever was worn the)' had worn — ax-handles: fiddle- 

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Sills of doorways: names for children: for mountains. 

Whatever was long forgotten they had forgotten — 

Fame of the great: names of the rich and their mottoes. 

The People had the promises: they'd keep them. 

They waited their time in the world: they had wise sayings. 

They counted out their time by day to day. 

They counted it out day after day into history. 

They had time and to spare in the spill of their big fists. 

They had all the time there was like a handful of wheat 

When the time came they would speak and the rest would 


And the time came and the People did not speak. 

The time came: the time comes: the speakers 
Come and these who speak are not the People. 

Listen! Brothers! Generation! 

Companions of leaves: of the sun: of the slow evenings: 

Companions of the many days: of all of them: 

Listen! BeLeve the speaking dead! Believe 

The journey is our journey. O believe 

The signals were to us: the signs: the birds by 

Night: the breaking surf. 


America is promises to 

America is promises to 


To take them 


With love but 

Take them. 

O beli. 


"America is promises to us — to take them with love." 
This dream, these promises, I started out by saying, are for 
me essentially religious. The dream, I think, can be realized 
only through Love. In the language of religion: 

"Social progress is vitally bound up with the experi- 
ence of co-working with an Eternal Creative Good 

Those words were written by one of the major prophets 
of our time, Dr. Eugene W. Lyman. A prophet whom you 
and I have the privilege and joy of honoring in his own 
country. I know of no other philosopher who has in his 
many writings so clearly, consistently, and with such high 
inspiration related religion to life. In Dr. Lyman's book 
The Experience of God in Modern Life he stated: 

"The largest issue confronting our time is between 
an aristocratic, deterministic, nationalistic ethics and 
the ethics of democracy, of moral freedom, and of 

Dr. Lyman published that statement in 1918. In 1943 
he went on to say, in his Religion and the Issues of L'fe: 

New Board Members 

'"PW'O NEW members, Mrs. Edward C. Marshall of 
X Charlotte, North Carolina, and William Ncff, 
Abingdon, have been elected to the Board of Overseers for 
six year terms. 

With the exception of the college presidents who have 
been made members of the Board, Mrs. Marshall is the first 
woman not an alumna of Sweet Briar to be named. Her 
interest in Sweet Briar covers a good many years, during 
which several of her nieces (Myra Marshall Brush, '3 0; 
Susan Marshall Timberlake, '32, and Mary Marshall Hob- 
son, '24) have attended the college and have been graduated 
from it. 

Active in many community welfare projects in Char- 
lotte, Mrs. Marshall is president of the Board of Managers 
of the Good Samaritan Hospital, the oldest Negro hospital 
in America and the only one of its kind in Charlotte. 

Mrs. Marshall's interest and her work in connection with 
this institution led to her connection with the Charlotte 
Memorial Hospital. She assisted with the entire project from 
its beginning to the completion of the building, and at 
present she is the only woman on its Board of directors. 

Young people, especially girls, are her particular hobby, 
Mrs. Marshall admits, and she reports that she is looking 
forward to renewing her connection with Sweet Briar. 

Mr. Neff, a member of the State Board of Education for 
the last eight years, has also been in the state senate as a 
representative of Smyth and Washington counties and the 
city of Bristol for four years. Prior to that, he represented 
Washington County in the House of Delegates for 12 years. 

Education has long been one of Mr. Neff's interests. 
He began teaching shortly after he received a degree in 
engineering from the University of Virginia, from which 
he had previously taken a master of arts degree after win- 
ning a scholarship from Emory and Henry College. He 
taught for several years and then served as principal for a 
number of years of the high school at Chilhowie, Virginia, 
before entering upon a business career. At present he is the 
general manager of a chain of hardware stores in south- 
western Virginia. 

Both Mrs. Marshall and Mr. Neff will attend their first 
meetings of the Board of Overseers in the spring. 

"The indwelling of the spirit of Christ will give 
us . . . discernment and strength for meeting the issues 
of our fateful time. It is our privilege to count our- 
selves among those for whom the Apostle prayed 'that 
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.' As this 
prayer finds an answer in our experience, we shall be 
led into a deepening insight into the meaning of life 
and of history." 

We earnestly desire that your insight may be deepened 
by the experience of the chapel services during the next 
six weeks, the series to be called Americans All. We earn- 
estly desire that you may also gain strength to meet the 
issues, to take the promises, of our fateful time. 


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How Isolated Is Sweet Briar 5 

(Continued from page 3) 

has just gone to Bermuda to find a congenial atmosphere 
in which to start writing a study of Lord Lytton for which 
she has been gathering material for some time. Miss Boone 
will soon sail for England, combining a visit to her native 
land with research on labor policy on international rela- 
tions. Mr. Smith of the Art Department is working in 
South America, on a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

The Librarian gives us able assistance for such research 
as we can carry on here in our spare time, by obtaining 
necessary books on inter-library loans; such aid often facili- 
tates more efficient use of time spent in vacations at re- 
search centers. The college budget provides funds each 
year to help defray travelling expenses for attendance at 
the meetings of learned societies, and thus enables us to 
keep in touch with research in our individual fields, and 
with the current problems and policies of other colleges. 
The committee on faculty research administers an annual 
grant to provide for the purchase of books, microfilms, 
and laboratory equipment needed by individuals for their 
research. The resulting scholarly output is not impressive 
in amount, but it is varied, and of sound quality, and 
represents a fair achievement for the faculty of a small 
college. In answer to the annual questionnaire sent out by 
the committee on faculty research, for the year 1945-1946, 
sixteen of the faculty reported publications in various 
fields, including major articles and book reviews in a num- 
ber of important journals, and two books, Mr. Short's edi- 
tion of Four Great American Noiels, and Mr. Wengert's 
History of the Training Branch of the OP A, a government 
publication. Three of the faculty are working on their 
doctoral dissertations, and seventeen others report research 
in progress, in fields ranging from literature and history 
to cellulose chemistry, chamber music, the functions and 
methods of bureaucracy, labor problems, social problems of 
the aged, and a checklist of the invertebrate fauna of the 
campus. The two latter show a real concern for the pres- 
ent and future happiness of members of the community. 
Thirteen of us gave addresses outside Sweet Briar last year, 

in places ranging from Amherst and Lynchburg to Maine 
and Paris. Thirty went to meetings of learned societies, 
state, regional, and national, and several hold offices in 
these associations. Last summer three taught at summer 
schools in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Orleans, 
and eight took summer school work, some of these in dif- 
ferent fields from those in which they teach, as an inocu- 
lation against mental isolation. One divided her energies be- 
tween electroencephalography and Russian! Two travelled 
in Mexico, and two in France, and several spent short 
periods at special study-centers in this country. 

The impression you may have formed by this time that 
the report of our isolation has been greatly exaggerted is 
borne out by the list of our activities in local, regional and 
even in national enterprises. Miss Crawford, Mrs. Wailes, 
Miss Belcher, and Dr. Rice are especially active in various 
Amherst County agencies, including the Public Health 
Association, the Red Cross, the Home Demonstration 
Clubs, and the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning 
Appeals. Mr. De Rocco is prominent in the latter, and has 
made an interesting plan for the future development of 
the civic center of Amherst. Miss Beard has long been 
active in the Virginia Merit System Council, the Virginia 
Cancer Foundation, and other state agencies, and both Miss 
Glass and Miss Beard have been listed in the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch Honor Roll for outstanding services to 
the state. Several of the faculty have served on the State 
Planning Board. Miss Boone was a public panel member 
of the War Labor Board during the war. Mr. Wengert, 
having helped demobilize the OPA, is now serving as con- 
sultant to the Atomic Energy Commission, and his per- 
sonal energy enables him to commute weekly to Washing- 
ton without damage to his work at Sweet Briar. The wide 
range of interests in which Miss Glass and Dean Lyman 
participate is well known to the alumnae. Miss Lucas, the 
internationally-minded philosopher who is now our presi- 
dent clearly belongs, like them, to the peripatetic school in 
her far-ranging activities, and is well immunized against 
the infection of isolation. 

Isn't it time to find another description for the prevalent 
atmosphere of Sweet Briar? 

Courtesy of 1946 Briar Patch. 

February, 1947 


Here and Now 

SWEET BRIAR enjoyed the opportunity of being host 
to Dr. and Mrs. Henry Noble MacCracken when the 
former president of Vassar came to speak at the Freshman 
Honors Convocation on Thursday, February 20. That same 
evening Dr. MacCracken spoke at an informal gathering of 
community members in conjunction with the observance 
of National Brotherhood Week, sponsored by the Y.W.C.A. 
He is president of the National Conference of Christians 
and Jews, and he was in England last summer to help 
oiganize the International Conference. He is also president 
of the Kosciuszko Foundation, a non-political organiza- 
tion for the furtherance of cultural relations with Poland. 

Four former students, including Sweet Briar's first war 
veteran, returned to college at the beginning of the second 
semester. Mary McDuffie, Columbus, Ga., and Mary Vir- 
ginia Grigsby, Phoenix, Ariz., had been out of college be- 
cause of illness; Dorothy Wallace, Flossmoor, 111., attended 
another college for the last three semesters; Margaret 
Saunders Jones, Binghamton, N. Y., was recently dis- 
charged from the WAC. 

After her withdrawal from Sweet Briar two years ago, 
Margaret took nurses' aide work and a business course, and 
in June she enlisted in the WAC. She became a medical 
technician and was stationed at army camps in Seattle, Des 
Moines, and San Luis Obispo, Calif. Her 1 5 months of 
service came to an end last November and she lost no time 
in getting back to college. 

Under the leadership of its president, Margaret Mun- 
nerlyn, '47, the Y.W.C.A. carried through a program for 
Brotherhood Week which began with a chapel talk on 
Sunday evening, February 16, by Isabel Dzung, marking 
the World Student Day of Prayer. It continued with an 
open meeting of Tau Phi in the Browsing Room on Tues- 
day night at which Eleanor Bosworth discussed the Inter- 
national Student Service organization, Catharine Fitzgerald 
told of the International Student Organization, and Natalie 
Hall and Margaret Munnerlyn explained the World Student 
Christian Federation. Dr. MacCracken's talk on Thursday 
evening was also a part of the program. 

Dates and cars and dancing and gaiety held sway on 
campus over the week-end of February 7-9, when the 
sophomores' Midwinter dance was the chief attraction. The 
gym had been transformed into a bit of Paris for the occa- 
sion, and the small gym, where refreshments were served, 
was disguised as a sidewalk cafe. Joan Johnston, Oklahoma 
City, was the chairman of Midwinters, and Brantley Lam- 
berd, Lynchburg, was assistant chairman. On the calendar 
for the week-end was an informal open house in Grammer 
Common Room on Friday night, an informal dance there 
on Saturday afternoon, buffet supper in the Refectory pre- 
ceding the ball, and an open house in Grammer on Sunday 

The second semester opened minus Mrs. Raymond and 
Miss Gladys Boone, both of whom have taken sabbatical 
leaves of absence. Mrs. Raymond sailed on February 1 for 
Bermuda, where she is continuing her research and writing, 
and Miss Boone is sailing for England in March. In addition 
to visiting her family there for the first time in almost a 
decade, she is working on "labor problems and interna- 
tional relations." 

In their places, Sweet Briar has Gerhard Masur, visiting 
professor of history, and Robert P. Shay, instructor in eco- 
nomics. Dr. Masur, formerly professor of Mediaeval and 
Modern History at the University of Berlin and now a 
citizen of Colombia, is distinguished as a scholar and 
author. Mr. Shay, a graduate of the University of Virginia, 
is a graduate assistant in the school of economics there. He 
is also the husband of the former Esther Cunningham, '45. 

Members of the Paderewski Club at Lynchburg College 
came to Sweet Briar on February 1 to present A Night of 
Opera, which included a group of operatic selections and 
the performance of Mozart's first opera, Bastien et Bas- 
tienne. Last fall four Sweet Briar piano students gave a 
concert at Lynchburg College, and this program was 
brought by way of exchange. 

Sweet Briar's Choir is scheduled to sing at the chapel 
vesper service at the University of Virginia on Sunday 
afternoon, March 9. Under the direction of G. Noble 
Gilpin, their program will include two Brahms chorales 
and a group from the Russian liturgical music. 

The closing hymn on the Hour of Charm program on 
Sunday, February 16, was dedicated "to the young ladies of 
Sweet Briar College." 

Alumnae in Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore 
had their first opportunity to meet Miss Lucas when she 
spoke on February 14, in Philadelphia. Eugenia Burnett, 
'42, (Mrs. Herman Affel) , Elkins Park, Pa., is president 
of the Philadelphia alumnae. 

Now You Can Hear Miss Lucas 

Records have been made of Miss Lucas' 
inaugural address, preceded by the induction 
ceremony, and they are now available for loan to 
alumnae groups. The set consists of four records 
and the reproduction is excellent. The playing 
time is 30 minutes. 

Please write to the Alumnae Office if you wish 
to borrow the records. Shipping costs are to be 
paid by the borrower; there is no other expense. 


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Alumnae in the News 

What .ire alumnae doing? is a question which often 
comes to the Alumnae Office. Within the last few weeks, 
the following items have come in and they offer an answer 
to that question. These are by no means the only alumnae 
who are engaged in interesting activities; they are merely 
a few whose work merits attention. 

Health educator on the staff of the city health depart- 
ment in Danville, Virginia, is Martha L. Clark, '37, who 
began her work there on January 1, 1947. Her new occu- 
pation does not lack for variety, for she handles the pub- 
licity for the health department, helps make up depart- 
mental reports, and acts in a liaison capacity between the 
medical profession and the community, according to the 
Danville Commercial Appeal. She is reported to have said 
that one of her professional ambitions is to develop more 
readable material for the public, booklets with no technical 
terms and with less information, since so many of these 
now available are so crammed with information that they 
confuse the reader. 

Martha studied at Duke University following her gradu- 
ation from Sweet Briar, and took her master's degree there. 
She then went to Cornell for further study. Later she 
taught high school biology in Durham, N. C, where she 
became interested in public health work. Under a fellow- 
ship of the General Education Board she spent a year at 
the University of North Carolina, at the end of which 
she had won her M.S. in Public Health. Since 1945 she 
has worked as health educator in Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Two volunteers in community service who have made 
\ aluable contributions in Lynchburg are Amelia Mollis 
Scott,. '29, and Lucy Harrison Miller Baber, '3 0. Amelia 
has just completed a three-year term as Commissioner of 
Girl Scouts, during which she also had charge of the 
summer camp arrangements. She did an outstanding job, 
as witnessed by the fact that she recently received a Thank 
You badge, awarded for meritorious service by the national 

Lucy Baber is given credit for being the originator and 
guiding spirit of the Child Care Center. A recent issue of 
the Junior League's Blaze told of her work as follows: 
"Realizing the need for a day nursery for children of 
v\orking mothers, Lucy set out to interpret that need 
to a group of business men who promptly raised $2 5,000 
and gave it to her with the understanding that she would 
devise a plan to secure and maintain an annual operating 
income for this institution. Thereupon, she solicited the 
officials of all the industries in Lynchburg, who agreed to 
pay a monthly fee for each child at the school whose 
mother was employed by them. The rest of the operating 
expenses, which have now grown to approximately $24,000 
per year, she obtained from the City Council, Community 
Chest, church groups, and parents. In its three years of 
existence the Center has cared for over 80 children and has 
never been without a waiting list." 

As an outgrowth of this work, Lucy has become con- 
vinced of Lynchburg's need for a separate juvenile and 

Domestic Relations Court with a full time judge, and she 
is now bending her efforts to aid in its establishment. 

Young people and their welfare are also the primarv 
concern of Louise Weisiger, '15, whose appointment as 
research director for the Richmond public schools, as 
consultant to the youth affairs committee of the Richmond 
Citizens' Association, has recently been announced. Ac- 
cording to the Richmond Thnes-Dispatch, facilities for 
recreational and character-building activities for high 
school youth and out-of-school youth up to 2 years of 
age will be surveyed by the committee, which has expressed 
concern over mounting juvenile delinquency in Richmond. 
Louise, who received her Ph.D. degree from Columbia Uni- 
versity in 1945, was assistant principal of John Marshall 
High School from 1930 to 1942. Prior to that time she 
had been head of the Latin department there for a number 
of years. 

From Cleveland comes news about another graduate, 
Sarah Merrick Houriet, '26, who is serving her community 
well. In face of the great shortage of teachers, Sarah volun- 
teered to be a substitute in Shaker Heights elementary- 
schools. Requests to fill in for a day or a week, or longer, 
usually come without warning and often shortly before 
classes begin. Sarah served her apprenticeship in teaching 
when she lived in Houghton, Michigan, for two years 
after her marriage, and since moving to Cleveland she has 
kept up her interest in schools and school problems through 
membership in the PTA. Now that the youngest of her 
three children is in junior high school, she finds teaching 
on a part-time basis an occupation for which she is quali- 

Another part-time teacher is Alma Martin Rotnem, '3 6, 
who teaches first grade in the Chapin School in New York 
City. In addition to that, she is chairman of volunteers 
for the Visiting Nurses service in Manhattan and boroughs. 
Her five year old son, Rickie, goes to kindergarten in the 
school where Alma teaches, which, she savs, makes every- 
thing very simple! After her graduation from Sweet Briar 
Alma attended the National College of Education in Evans- 
ton, 111., from which she emerged with a bachelor of edu- 
cation degree in 1938. She taught in the Greenwich Coun- 
try Day School and in St. Agatha's School in New York, 
and since 1 944 she has been at the Chapin School. 

Bertha Pf titer Wailes, '17, who was one of the first 
women to be appointed to the Board of Visitors of the 
University of Virginia several years ago, has now been 
appointed a member of the Executive Committee of that 
Board. She is also a member of the Committee which is 
charged with the selection of a candidate for the presi- 
dency of the University upon the retirement of Dr. New- 
comb. Besides being assistant professor of sociology at 
Sweet Briar, Bertha is active in many local and state wel- 
fare activities. 

Martha Lowsley, ex'45, comprises a third of the staff 
of the New York Medical Society's Veterans' Service. The 

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February, 1947 


Our School hi Tan's 

"Les jeunes filles dc Sweet Briar" became the foster- 
mothers of some 700 French school children List f.ill 
when they adopted the Ecole de la Rue Balard in Paris, 
through the auspices of the Save the Children Federation. 

Pouring out their gratitude for the aid which has been 
extended to them, the children have written many letters 
and sent crayon drawings demonstrating their faith in the 
"hands across the sea." Their pleasure in having found 
new friends, as expressed in these letters and illustrations, 
is truly touching. 

Sweet Briar's initial gift of $1,000, pledged before the 
Relief Drive last October, has long since been paid to the 
Foundation and its benefits are reaching the school. At 
Christmas the Y.W.C.A. invited everyone in the commun- 
ity to a carol-sing around the tree in Grammer Common 
Room. Each was asked to bring gifts for the children, 
and as a result almost 400 pounds of gaily-wrapped articles 
of clothing, food, school supplies and toilet articles were 
sent to the French school. 

Anne Dickson, '45, and Jane Lawrence, '46, who are 
studying in Paris this year on graduate fellowships, have 
visited the school several times and their letters about it 
have appeared in the Sweet Briar News. According to them, 
they had no words to describe the penetrating cold of the 
school rooms, nor could they describe the warmth of the 
welcome which the children gave them when they found 
out that the young ladies came from Sweet Briar! They 
had to know at once just exactly where Sweet Briar can 
be found on a map of the United States. 

The school actually consists of an elementary division, 
for boys and girls from two to six; a school for girls from 
six to 14; a school for boys from six to 17. Located near 
the Citroen factory in Paris, the school was bombed several 
times during the war, and it was closed for three years 
as a result. 

Alumnae who wish to share in Sweet Briar's aid to this 
school should send parcels to the Save the Children Federa- 
tion Workroom, 8 Washington Place, New York 3, New 
York, marked as follows: F.S. 1000. (The school is the 
1000th in Europe to be adopted by an American school 
or college) . 

Alumnae in the News 

(Continued from page 14) 

service aids doctors, returned to the metropolitan area 
from war activity, in finding offices, residences, equipment, 
positions, and additional schooling. In their slightly more 
than a year of work Martha and her two associates have 
been able to give concrete assistance to 60 of the 1,400 
doctors who have applied for help. They canvassed real- 
estate offices, medical schools, prospective employers, hos- 
pitals, chambers of commerce, and automobile salesrooms, 
and from the proverbial scratch have built up an informed 
directory of solutions to the problems of the doctor-veteran. 
Full credit for the near-miracle that has been accomplished 
thus far belongs to the three young staff members who 
will continue their efforts so long as there are war-displaced 
doctors in need of facilities for work, living and further 

Martha was at Sweet Briar for two years, has studied 
at Columbia University, and is now working for Tier 
degree at the New School of Social Work in New York. 


It is with deep sorrow we have to announce that on December 4, 1946, Mr. John P. Beard suf- 
fered a sudden heart attack, and in spite of prompt medical aid, he passed away within a very few 
minutes. Fortunately Mrs. Beard was with him at the time. 

For over twenty years, Mr. Beard served Sweet Briar faithfully and well, and his passing is an 
irreparable loss. His unfailing loyalty and courage, often in the face of great difficulties, have always 
inspired his campus associates with admiration and confidence. His integrity and gentle dignity have 
left an indelible impression on all who knew and honored him, and have made a contribution to Sweet 
Briar which nothing can erase. Students who have worked closely with him through the years bear elo- 
quent testimony to his helpfulness and wisdom. His sterling character and generous kindliness have 
endeared him to us all — faculty as well as students and alumnae. We realize that he gave to Sweet Briar 
the best years of his life, and by that devoted service he inspired in each of us a sense of security and 
serenity which strengthened and enriched our own daily lives. For this we are deeply grateful. L. S. C. 


Alumnae New 

Class Notes 

Jn illltrmiirtam 

Delia Lindsay Bogart, Academy, December, 1946 
Martha Chapman Howland, ex 15, April 25, 1946 
Ethelwyn Clarkson Shade, ex 23, October 31, 1946 

Marjorie Whclpley Taylor, ex 28 

Andrena Abvll Murphy, ex 32, August 7, 1946 

Winifred Vass, '41, August 2, 1946 

Class Secretary: Marion L. Peele, 602 Fair- 
fax Avenue, Apt. 1-C, Norfolk 7, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Margaret Potts (Mrs. Henry 
H. Williams), 120 East 75 th Street, New 
York 21, New York. 

From the receiving end, it seems to me you 
haven't noticeably weighed down the mails in 
sending me news of yourselves since we have 
been having a letter in the Alumnae News. 
With the broadside in December from our 
outstanding new Fund Agent, Margaret Potts 
Williams, a number of you perhaps have been 
thinking more of our relation to Sweet Briar 
and that it would be a fine thing if the Acad- 
emy, too, would wake up to its responsibili- 
ties and take this opportunity to grow into a 
more cohesive group. While the "old grads" 
will have more place and will bear the brunt 
of discussions among alumnae along the lines 
Miss Benedict has suggested in her article and 
that Miss Lucas so effectively put before us 
in her letter to all alumnae just before the 
Christmas holidays, yet the way is open for 
us, too, to take an active part in whatever 
ways we can. You will remember that one 
thing Miss Lucas said was: "You whose lives 
are centered around children have quite an 
important career cut out for you!" And Miss 
Benedict has written recently, "One of my 
happiest experiences about Sweet Briar is see- 
ing how the academy girls whom we regarded 
as an integral part of the college, have de- 

veloped into as fine women as those we put 
into classes where they had numerals after 
their names." 

At Christmas time it was my good for- 
tune to attend the Sweet Briar Day luncheon 
in New York. Elsewhere in this issue of the 
News you will read what a really grand party 
that was, with both Miss Benedict and Miss 
Lucas present, as well as Miss Guion, Mrs. 
Dew, Miss Benedict's sister, Miss Agnes Bene- 
dict, and so many once familiar faces that it 
would be a roll call almost to name them. 
The ballroom at the Biltmore all but over- 
flowed with Sweet Briar, and as always, they 
seemed just Sweet Briar, with no special re- 
gard to time or era. 

I had lunch, too, with Clara May Brooks 
Trickett while I was in New York and there 
was a lot of time to cover since the very 
early days of Sweet Briar when we had last 
seen each other. Clara May is as sweet and 
gay as at eighteen, and she told me of her 
daughter, Claralyn, the first student at Miss 
Spence's to win a scholarship to Radcliffe. 

Sue Slaughter sent me the following de- 
lightful bit that I include for your enjoy- 
ment, especially all of you who remember 

"One golden day in late October I drove 
to quaint old Gloucester County (Virginia) 
for lunch and, to my surprise, met 'little' 
Katherine Withers and her husband, Phil 
Hamilton, who have retired to that quiet cor- 

ner of the world and are building a lovely 
house which they, appropriately enough, will 
call 'Watermeads'. Ic lies in a meadow on a 
point of land running out into the blue York 
River. While the bricks are being laid, Kath- 
erine is doing a lot of transplanting for her 
garden. She says she has a 'whim of restoring 
some of the really old flowers and shrubs 
given around among our family connections 
in Gloucester in the very early days. My 
grandmother, who was 102 when she died, 
gave me a list where each thing in our gar- 
den came from, and some of them were from 
slips brought over from England in colonial 
days.* Besides the garden, the house, and the 
husband, Katherine has two fine sons, Phil, 
who is a school boy, and Peter, 20 years old, 
and now at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Kath- 
erine's address is Mrs. Philip W. Hamilton, 
Naxera Post Office, Gloucester County, Vir- 
ginia. A Christmas card from Katherine made 
some comments which will waken a response 
in most of us, I think. She had received '.lie 
October Alumnae News and wrote that she 
thought 'the picture of Miss Benedict is one 
of the most beautiful faces I've ever seen. It 
seems to me wonderful to find an older 
woman's face filled with such beautiful tran- 
quility. Most of the people I see around me 
now-a-days are not aging well at all. They all 
get scrawny and harricd-looking, or petu- 
lantly fat, instead of comfortably plump. 
Personally, I expect to resemble a dried-up 

Inauguration Program 

Complete proceedings of the inauguration of 
President Lucas on November 1, 1946, together 
with several pictures taken that day, were pub- 
lished as an issue of the college bulletin series in 

These were not sent to the alumnae because 
much of the material had been printed in the 
October Alumnae News, but copies will be sent 
to all alumnae who wish to have them, upon 
request to the Office of Public Relations at Sweet 

Commencement 1947 

Reunions this Commencement, May 31 to June 
2, will be held for the classes of 1917, 1922, 1927, 
1932, 1937, 1942, and 1946. Events begin with 
the annual meeting of the Alumnae Association 
on Saturday afternoon, May 31. Later in the 
afternoon is the President's Garden Party for 
seniors, alumnae, and guests. The first Alumnae 
Banquet since before the war will be held on 
Saturday evening. 

Sunday morning the Baccalaureate sermon will 
be delivered by Dr. C. Leslie Glenn of St. John's 
Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D. C. 

Commencement is scheduled for Monday, June 
2, and Dr. George C. Zook, President of the Amer- 
ican Council on Education, will be the speaker. 

February, 1947 


hickory nut, but, at least, I do feci happy 
behind my expression." 

From the Alumnae Office comes word that 
Anna Norris, formerly of Barnesville, Ohio, 
on October 12 married Ralph R. Hanlon, a 
representative of the Chat field -Wood Paper 
Company of Cincinnati. Their address is 826 
Converse Avenue, Zanesville, Ohio. 

We regret to record the death of Delia 
Lindsay (Mrs. Gilbert P. Bogart), in January. 
Delia was at Sweet Briar for 4 years, 1910 to 

Class Secretary: Mary Pinkerton (Mrs. 
James Kerr), Box 143, Spotsylvania, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Eugenia Buffington (Mrs. 
Russell Walcott, Tryon, North Carolina. 

Christmas vacation in Norfolk was the 
equivalent of a trip to 'Florida. Sunshine, 
warm breezes, camellias (two of them) 
blooming in Lafayette Park and a mild day 
for the Sweet Briar luncheon at the old 
Country Club. Marianne Martin, Marjorie 
Coitper Prince, and I rode there and back 
with Sue Slaughter. Across the table sat Annie 
Cumnock Miller, Frances Murrcll Rickards, 
and Miss Morenus. 

Before the luncheon I chatted with Cilia 
Guggenheimer Nusbaum and Helen Hobbs 

We listened to very interesting accounts of 
Miss Lucas's inauguration and the current 
events of the college. 

Sue Slaughter spoke of the importance of 
alumnae participation in the educational poli- 
cies of a college, as outlined in Miss Benedict's 
article, "Wake up Alumnae", in the October 
Alumnae News. 

Sue and I were the only members of 1913 
at the Norfolk luncheon, but we saw so many 
of our contemporaries and near-contem- 
poraries that we felt as if we had been to a 

Speaking of reunions it is not too far ahead 
to make plans for our own. Isn't 1948 our 
year? Let's hear from you. 

Secretary: Marjorie French (Mrs. Charles 
L. Nevens), 143 Bishop Road, Grosse Pointe, 
Fund Agent: 

Anne Scbittte Nolt wrote a nice Christmas 
letter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where 
she and her husband, who is in the lumber 
business, are building their new home. 

I have just heard that Marjorie DuShane 
Stedman had a bad accident which resulted 
in a broken back and she is in St. Elizabeth's 
Hospital in Yakima, Washington. I'm sure 
she will welcome a word from you all. 

I am afraid that's all this time. 

Class Secretary: Frances W. Pennypacker, 
517 Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: Lucy Lantz (Mrs. Harry Mc- 
Kinley), 263 Glenwood Avenue, Englewood, 
New Jersey. 

I am now serving as a Petit Juror in the 
Federal Court in Philadelphia and, although 

I'm finding it very interesting, I also find 
that I have little time left for writing, so will 
send this off with the little bit of news that 
has accumulated and hope that you will all 
provide me with material for my next letter. 

At Christmas time I received a card from 
Emily Kersey, exl5, in answer to my card ot 
last spring. She graduated from Pratt Insti- 
tute in 1914 and then kept house for her 
family and later took her B. S. degree at 
Columbia in 1922. I'm sorry she didn't give 
me more news of her present activities. 

Faye Abraham Pethick, ex 17, wrote me in 
December and suggested that I come to New 
York Sweet Briar Day luncheon. She said "We 
seem to be having all the celebrities." Miss 
Benedict, Dr. Guion, and Miss Lucas were 
the guest speakers. The temptation was more 
than I could resist so spent the week-end 
with Faye and went to the luncheon and had 
a wonderful time. Among those at my table 
were Lucy Lantz McKinley, exl 5, Gertrude 
Bilhuber, academy, Dorothy Grammcr Croy- 
der, exl7, Helen Scbulte Tenney, exlO, Flor- 
ence Freeman Fowler '19, and many others of 
later date. After the luncheon Margaret Grant 
'15, appeared and we fell on each other's necks 
in true Sweet Briar fashion. Margaret is now 
with United Nations, working in Economic 
Affairs. It was a joy to see and hear Miss 
Benedict and Dr. Guion and I'm sure that 
everyone was delighted with and impressed 
by Miss Lucas, who gave us a splendid talk. 

Before going to the luncheon I called on 
Miss Ruth Howland and Miss Charlotte Hull. 
They expect to retire at the end of the win- 
ter term. At present their future plans are 
somewhat uncertain but they may go to 
California this winter. Miss Howland has been 
teaching at New York University and Miss 
Hull has been teaching violin in New York. 


Class Secretary: Cornelia Carroll (Mrs. K. 
N. Gardner), 622 5 Powhatan Avenue, Nor- 
folk 8, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Louise Case (Mrs. C. F. Mc- 
Guire, Jr.), 3310 Warrington Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 

We have a letter from Bessie Sims to Miss 
Dutton which tells its own story: 

"I am back in my beloved Nanking ... I 
am mission representative, have charge of our 
property, head up the women's work at St. 
Paul's Church, supervise the altar work, often 
doing it myself, teach an English Bible class, 
and for my ambition in having acquired the 
degree of Bachelor of Theology before I left 
America, the Diocesan Committee of Re- 
ligious Education, of which I am a member, 
has decreed that I write a Teacher's text- 
book for third grade, prepare the children's 
material to accompany it, write a book of 
services arranged according to the Christian 
year for children's worship, and a book of 
instructions to teachers. I shall call it "Talks 
to Teachers." 

"I sailed on a freighter from New Orleans, 
July 3, and arrived in Shanghai September 1. 
The ship wasn't slow, but we anchored off 
Ta Ku Bar, the port of Tientsin for nineteen 
days, waiting for barges in which to unload 
our cargo of gasoline and kerosene. I was a bit 

weary of the freighter when finally we left 
her. If it weren't serious, this inflation of 
Chinese currency would be amusing. U. S. 
currency was $1 to $4,150 when our No- 
vember salaries were exchanged, but when it 
costs $12,450 a day for food alone and hav- 
ing to pay the cook $150,000 a month, with 
everything else equally expensive, being a 
millionaire in Chinese currency doesn't mean 
anything. The Mission is giving us a bonus 
every month in order that we may live with 
a minimum amount of comfort. Coal is U. S. 
$2 50 a ton. Wood is somewhat less expensive 
so I have in mv study a contraption which 
faintly, oh, so faintly, resembles a sheet iron 
wood stove which can be bought in America 
for $4 or $5. It cost $85,000 and looks like 
a black spider on four legs, and a long-legged 
spider, as it is fourteen inches from the floor. 
I brought out with me a good bed, a dressing 
table, and a desk, and even though the Bishop 
says I'm living in a barn, my barn — which 
paint will cheer, is not too uncomfortable 
even with a freezing temperature outside, if 
I concentrate on my study. What a sentence. 
The room is 68 degrees today since I've sealed 
up the windows. So by having my meals on 
a small table close to the stove I'm fairly 
comfortable. But in the Church there is no 
heat, and when the organ keys and my hands 
are cold, I fear the music isn't at its best." 

"It is fun to be back in China. Nanking 
is rapidly recovering from the effects of war, 
and if it were not for this dreadful inflation 
which has made rickshaw coolies and com- 
mon laborers wealthv and has impoverished 
the educated classes, . . . China would again 
be her old self. Christian work goes forward!" 

Bessie Sims' address is — American Church 
Mission, 209 Peh Hsia Lu, Nanking, Ku, 

Class Secretary: Isabel Luke (Mrs. T. Foster 
Witt), River Road, R. F. D. No. 13, Rich- 
mond, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Rosanne Gilmore, 13 03 Ter- 
minal Tower, Cleveland 13, Ohio. 

A long newsy letter from Delia May Gil- 
more Gates says she has taken up flying "for 
no good reason except my own pleasure" and 
she speaks of flying a couple of hundred miles 
as I would speak of taking a walk. Her older 
son is still stationed in Japan but her 19 year 
old hopes to be home soon. Her daughter, who 
lost her husband early in the war, is home 
with her 4 year old son. The older son also 
has a son, so Delia is twice a grandmother. 
She was a Captain of the Red Cross Motor 
Corps and an Officer of the Civil Air Patrol 
in San Antonio during the war. 

Florence Gage White writes that she is 
completely wrapped up in her antique busi- 
ness. She and her husband display at many 
of the shows in Cleveland, Cincinnati and 
Chicago. They have one son who was in the 
armv in France and Germany 2^2 years dur- 
ing the war. He was slightly wounded but is 
home now and in college this year. 

A nice letter from Rosanne Gilmore speaks 
of a visit at Sweet Briar. She keeps busy at 
the office, a small independent bus company 
in Cleveland, and keeping house. She saw 


Alumnae Neu i 

Rachel Lloyd Hoi ton and her husband this 
fall but missed her usual annual get -together 
with Dorothy Wallace. 

Mary McCaa Deal's post card speaks of 
running a three ring circus but it sounds 
worse than that to me. In her off time from 
teaching English and History daily in a pri- 
vate school, she is President of the Woman's 
Auxiliary of the Diocese of Southern Vir- 
ginia, attended its meeting in Philadelphia, is 
Director of the Children's Theater of Nor- 
folk, coaches children in English and Latin 
on the side, and still manages to run her 
house and feed a hungry husband. My hat is 
really off to you, Mary. 

[delle Al< Neal Covington says she had a 
wonderful summer with her two sons, home 
from the service. They are both in college. 
She also has a son and daughter who are 
seniors in High School. She speaks of herself 
as being "fat, forty and grey" but aren't we 

Elizabeth Lewis Peters writes that she has 
no news but at least she did write. 

This makes 15 of the old class who have 
answered my appeals and I hope the spirit will 
move more in time for the next letter. 

Class Secretary: Edith Durrell (Mrs. Ed- 
ward C. Marshall), 63 26 Ridge Avenue, Cin- 
cinnati 13, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Gertrude Thams, 800 Race 
Street, Denver, Colorado. 

Again I dusted off the old suitcase for a 
trip to the campus, for the Midwinter Alum- 
na: Council Meeting. The meetings are quite 
stimulating, and while we all are exhausted 
after three days and nights of talking and 
planning alumna: affairs we really are actually 
quite refreshed. Life on a college campus is a 
little world all its own, and a revelation to 
us who seem to be caught in a whirl of fam- 
ilies and jobs back in our own towns. 

Since the last issue of the magazine I have 
heard from a number of you. Mary Stimon 
Alexander lives at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 
where her husband is a Methodist minister. 
Her son, and only child, is at Duke. Mary 
was very ill last summer with a thyroid in- 
fection, and in the hospital tor months. She 
writes me that she is well again, and get- 
ting back into circulation. 

Dotty fob Robinson is enjoying her new 
teaching job at Heathfield School, Ascot Berks 
in England. Allie, her daughter, is teaching 
there also. Dotty has kept up her contacts 
with other Americans in England. At Thanks- 
giving, she and her husband attended the 
dinner and ball of the American Society in 
London. She wrote of the hardships under 
which the English people are now living — 
shortages of food, clothing, and other things 
which we take for granted. She and Allie 
are planning to come home next summer for 
a visit to her mother, who is still living in 
Ashland, Kentucky. 

Christmas always brings me cards from 
some of you, and best of all are the notes 
which are written on the back! Flo Woelfel 
writes that she attended the Chicago Sweet 
Briar Day party, where she saw Helen Fossum 
and Elmyra Penny packer of our "vintage.*' 

Cert Anderson spent Christmas with her 
brother in the east. Marg Abraham had the 
gayest Christmas in four years with all of 
her children home. Gert Pauly and Bob had 
a winter vacation in Florida, arriving home 
just before Christmas. "Lette" reports that 
her child, Betty, and also "Lette" McLemore 
Matthew's daughter are at Mary Baldwin 
this winter. Shelly 's card was a picture of 
little Alice, age 5, and a "chip off the old 
block!" Kitty Davis' card is always a de- 
light to receive! She designs her own, and 
it has been fun to watch the Baynum chil- 
dren grow taller each year. Her daughter, 
Mary, graduates from Endicott Junior College 
in June, while Bab is at Lehigh, and Grier 
is in Junior High in Maplewood, New Jersey. 

This fall I also had a note from May net te 
Rozellc Stephenson. "The grandchild" was 
to spend the holidays with them, so her cup 
of joy was running over! 

Marian Shafer Wadhams writes, "We an- 
nounced our daughter Jane's engagement to 
George Douglas Ward of Rochester, New 
York, this Christmas. Jane graduates from 
\\ ells in June. They will be married this 

Betty Joy Cole is now National President 
of the Special Libraries Association. She is 
librarian of the Calco Chemical Division of 
the American Cyanimid Co. in Bound Brook, 
New Jersey. 

Our Cincinnati Sweet Briar Day luncheon 
was a success this year. Eleanor Fitikc Helm- 
ers, Jane Becker Clippinger, Ruth Ulland 
Todd, and I took part in an "Information 
Please" about Sweet Briar, which was a lot of 
fun. Also Martha von Briesen sent up a num- 
ber of her beautiful photographs of the 
campus for a "picture gallery." We always 
try something different each year. Last year 
my Ann showed her Kodachrome slides. She 
has assembled a nice collection in the four 
years she has been in college. I can hardly 
believe she is a senior! 

Two of my ex-roommates have daughters 
at Sweet Briar — Ruth Ulland Todd's Betty, 
and Elizabeth Hodge Markgraf's Betsy are 
both freshmen, and love Sweet Briar as much 
as their mammas did. 

This finally exhausts my information about 
the Class of '21. The rest of you take vour 
pens in hand, so I'll have some news for the 
April issue. 

25-Year Reunion, Juni 1947 

Class Secretary ■' Ruth Fiske, (Mrs. Charles 

Steeger), 1 Park Lane, Mount Vernon, New 


Fund Agent: Burd Dickson, (Mrs. F. J. 

Stevenson), R. T. D. No. 1, Blackburn, 

Sewickley, Pennsylvania. 

I've been tossed this mantle of class cor- 
respondent by Gert Massie and so help me, 
you'll all have to give with the news or 
I'll haunt you! So — you'll be hearing from 
me. In the meantime, of interest. 

Loiette Hampton Hume was in New York 
last winter for a visit. She worked during 
the war in one of the aviation plants in 
Atlanta — she always was a star math student. 

Her son was married this fall and she has 
a most attractive daughter. 

Phoebe Eians Shideler's father died last 
summer and we all send her our sympathy. I 
know he was a good friend to Sweet Briar 

Julia Bemter Moss and her husband spent 
a week with us in Maine last summer. Gert 
Dj//i Massie was co-chairman of the Sweet 
Briar Day luncheon in New York and did 
a beautiful job. It was a most successful 
affair, the best we've ever had; an orchid 
to Gert for her share. 

Mary Haekmann Cohill was the only other 
member of our class there. She has a couple 
of strapping big sons — very handsome gents. 

Hope you are all laying the ground work 
for your trip back for our 25th — start plan- 
ning now and make your arrangements with 
your boss, be he husband or employer. 

Class Secretary. Wanted! 

Fund Agent: Jane Guignard (Mrs. Broadus 
Thompson) P. O. Box 480, Columbia, South 

We extend our sympathy to Jane Guignard 
Thompson, whose husband died early in 
January. Jane spent a few days after the 
holidays visiting old friends at Sweet Briar. 

Helen Fossuin Davidson writes of her chil- 
dren, Walter, who is 9 and "quite uncon- 
cerned over anything not directly related 
to football," Gail, 13, and Margery, who 
is to be "exposed to Sweet Briar's charm" 
this spring in expectation of its winning her 
as a prospective student. 

The class of '23 can well provide the 
college with alumnae daughters for some 
years to come. Ellen Broun Nichols' daughter, 
Ellen Carter, is 8 years old and already talks 
about going to Sweet Briar, an ambition which 
she hopes will be realized. Ellen is librarian 
and head of the English Department of Caro- 
line High School in Denton, Maryland. 

Mary Chantler Hubbard is working as head 
of the field staff of the Study of Child Health 
Services for the American Academy of 

( lass Set retar} -' Wanted! 

Fund Agent: Florence Bodine (Mrs. Frank 
P. Mountcastle) 51 Aberdeen Road, Elizabeth, 
New Jersey. 

It is with great sorrow that we report 
the death of Dorothy Austin Currie's only 
son, 19, on the day after Christmas. He was 
on his way back to his base, having attended 
his grandfather's funeral in Detroit. 

192 J 
Class Secretary: Frances Burnett iMrs. 
Louis Mellen), 2232* Calverton Ro.ul, Shaker 
I [eight, Ohio. 

Fund Agent; Jane Becker (Mrs. John Clip- 
pinger) 1 2(>3 I lay ward Avenue, Cincinnati, 

Settle down in a nice easy chair, Children, 
because this time we really have some news. 

Last July a wonderful, long letter arrived 
from Deedie Knkeudall Buchman. She was 

February, 1947 


working hard at the Oakland Pier, U. S. O., 
helping to entertain troops in transit, with 
food, games, etc. Her 7. year old son came 
with her during the summer and helped to 
unload trucks and run errands. Deedie's old- 
est son was discharged from the Navy jn 
June. He had a couple of months of high 
school to finish and future plans were un- 
certain. "Fred, age 17, is a senior in high 
school and worked on the family fruit ranches 
in Yakima in the summer. Deedie hoped that 
Sweet Briar meetings in the Bay area would 
be resumed this winter. 

A card from Pop Graham Hunter reports 
that their fourth son was born October 1. 
All is well and he's a great joy. Her only 
outside activity this winter is as President of 
the Seven Hills Garden Club. I can't imagine 
having time for anything outside. Pop must 
be a marvelous manager. 

Mary Sailer Gardner writes, "Betty Mac- 
Queen Nelson and her husband spent the night 
with us on their way back to California. They 
had driven their two sons east to school. 
Betty looked wonderful and we surely had 
a good gabfest." "Sailer's" daughter, Fair, is 
studying to be a doctor's assistant at Edge- 
wood Park in New York. Joe, Jr., is at the 
Peddie School in New Jersey. Her main 
interests are her family, home, and garden. 
Extra curricular activities include a Bible 
study class, silver jewelry class, Brownie Scout 
troop, and volunteer work at the Pennsyl- 
vania Industrial Home for Blind Women. 

Virginia Whitlock Cobb's daughter hopes 
to enter Sweet Briar next fall. She and Louise 
Gibbon Carmichael's daughter want to room 
together as their mothers did. Virginia's two 
sons are in college at Davidson, North Caro- 
lina. She is President of the Y.W.C.A. in Dur- 
ham and every Sunday teaches the Business 
Woman's Class at their church. This Class 
Secretary job is very inspiring. You all make 
me feel like a piker! 

At long last we have word from Marion 
Greene Buckelmueller. As you can see she 
has excuse for not writing. Marion has two 
daughters, Trina age 1 1 , and Gretchen 8. 
One brown-eyed pigtaler, and one blue eyed 
with curls, both blonde (just like their 
mother, I hope) . She is chemist in a lab- 
oratory, and is also Industrial Editor, runs 
and writes the plant paper. Then in her spare 
time she is president of the P.T.A., gardens 
zealously and collects antiques — and — she still 
loves Sweet Briar and is hungry for news of 
her friends there. 

Martha McHenry Halter writes that their 
long anticipated trip to America is material- 
izing. Getting passage on a ship and going 
through the formalities took longer and was 
more complicated than Columbus's voyage 
on the Santa Maria. They sailed December 
27 on the Queen Elizabeth. I quote from 
her letter: "Switzerland remains ordered in 
a world of confusion and turmoil. Everyone 
in Europe seems to consider it the isle of 
the blessed and whoever can crosses its bor- 
ders for a period of peace and recreation. Last 
summer there were thousands of foreigners 
here again and the cities had once more a 
cosmopolitan air. One still sees, now and 
then, groups of G.I.'s here on furlough, but 

they do not come in great numbers as they 
used to. I suppose many have been ible to 
go home. I am glad for them. With all with 
whom I talked that was the foremost desire 
and longing." 

I hope some of us will be able to see 
Martha and meet her family. I get a thrill 
out of just thinking about what this trip 
must mean to her. 

Mary Dowds Houck is back at their ranch 
in Sapphire, North Carolina. Dan was with 
the War Shipping Board and they lived in 
Princeton, New Jersey, last winter. 

Jane Becker Clippinger's daughter, Judy, is 
registered for Sweet Briar next year. Sally 
started to junior high this fall and Johnnie is 
a very active 3 year old. John and the girls 
have been doing a lot of riding and last 
summer surprised Mama with a hunter — "Old, 
thank heaven, but about as big as the Empire 
State Building. You know my riding days 
ended 1 8 years ago and my form just never 
existed." She hilariously describes the process 
known as "getting Mom's confidence back" 
and says never did rainy days look so good 
to her. It seems she had complained of 
being a "horse widow" and could eat hei 
words. Never mind, Janie — we'll probably 
see you in the movies, running the equitation 
class in the National Horse Show. I well 
remember you at the Amherst County Fair. 

Elsie Munro Haller started her hews on a 
postcard and ran it on into a long letter. 
About five years ago the Hallers purchased 
"Fairmeadow" at Duxbury, Massachusetts. 
The house has 1 8 rooms which Elsie men- 
tions because, since their couple left, she 
counts them daily as she cleans. During the 
war years they had a big garden, which 
Ralph worked, and she canned 400 or so jars 
of food. The land runs down to Cape Cod 
Bay. Prior to the war Ralph was engaged in 
putting in air fields in South and Central 
America. Elsie, Jr., is a senior at Derby 
Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts. She 
is an accomplished pianist and has been fea- 
tured in many recitals. Elsie was head of 
British Relief Work and also spent several 
hours weekly in a hut out over the water, 
as a plane spotter. Quote "I had a telephone 
over which I tried unsuccessfully to tell 
headquarters in Boston what kind of plane 
was coming from whence and going to where 
but as it only takes a plane about ten min- 
utes from the tip of Cape Cod to Duxbury, 
by the time I figured the thing out, it had 
gone to Boston and the operator usually cut 
me off saying they had all the information, 
so I don't feel I earned the lovely engraved 
certificate the air patrol sent me." 

Are you all worn out? The letters were so 
fascinating I'd like to have each one printed 
but as I am reminded, there are other 
classes, so, until our ne'it, Happy New Year. 

Class Secretary: Wanda Jensch (Mrs. Wel- 
ton W. Harris) , Greenville, Delaware. 
Fund Agent: Kathryn Norris (Mrs. Still- 
man F. Kelley) Babson Park 5 7, Massachu- 

The position of class secretary is a very 
pleasant one. With little or no effort on 

my part 1 now have close contact with all 
the grand "gals" of '26. 

Was delighted to hear from Mart Bachman 
McCoy. She wishes she had some real fas- 
cinating news, but admits she leads a pleasant 
life with the charming husband and daugh- 
ter, and a million dogs and cats. 

Dot Keller Iliff writes that her husband 
was released from active service last January 
and went back to Denver to be in business 
with his father. Dot and her two girls 
stayed in Pittsburgh with her mother until 
March, when they could move into their 
present home. 

I envy Lib Ron n free Keller man living in 
Honolulu these cold days. She lives near the 
ocean and enjoys swimming and surf bath- 
ing. Lib admits she is not very domestic. 
Can you imagine our Lib cooking or sewing? 
The Kellermans have 2 boys, Keoki, ag3 4 x /z 
and Jimmy, 2 x /z. 

I am sure all of us want to expresi our 
sympathy to Helen Adams Thompson, who 
lest her mother last February. The Thomsons 
have a new and permanent home (after 1 9 
years of being shuttled from one spot to an- 
other). Helen's son, Bill, is in the Navy and 
after his 2-year duty he hopes to attend W. & 
L. for a pre-med course. The little girh, 
Jancth, 1 1, and Joan, 9, are busy with G!rl 

Page Dnnlap Dee is in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, 
at present, but hopes to return soon to live 
permanently at their winter home in St. 
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Dee has successfully 
drilled 2 1 oil wells, which he controls from 
his office in Mt. Carmel. Roy, Jr., is a sopho- 
more at St. Leo College Preparatory School, 
Florida. Page often sees Virginia Mack Senter 
who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

I talked to Betty Mocrc Rusk who had 
heard from Peg Rheinhold. Peg is looking 
for a teaching position in San Diego, Cali- 
fornia. Betty reports that Marj Shepherd 
is still with the Red Cross in Washington. 
She has a new position but Betty could not 
tell me her title. 

Peggy Mai one McCIements and Ruth Tay- 
lor Franklin and husbands visited the Har- 
rises in October, at which time we cele- 
brated Peggy's and my birthday and a jolly 
time we had. While Peggy and Ruth were 
with me I entertained the Wilmington Sweet 
Briar Club at a luncheon to honor Miss 
Glass, who was in Wilmington to speak to 
the A.A.U.W. 

Kathryn Close '29, is in Pittsburgh again 
after having served with the U.N.R.R.A. in 

Margaret Krider (Mrs. Gordon Ivey) writes 
from her new address, Mardon House, Teign- 
mouth, Devon, England: "Life is very hecti: 
these days. When we returned in '44 we 
spent 9 months in Wales an-d I hated it. 
We decided not to return to Kent so sold 
our home and were lucky enough to find 
one in South Devon. I love it here — we have 
always been keen on the sea — and it's a grand 
place to raise a couple of boys. We are only 
a 1 minute walk from the front and it is 
a sandy beach. There is a river (Teign) with 
a good harbor and we have Dutch and Swed- 
ish ships loading with china clay here. Th 


Alumnae Neu * 

moors are only IS miles away and we have 
had grand picnics there. Our house is an 
old one, about 130 years old, with walls 
2 feet, 6 inches thick. It was bomb-dam- 
aged a bit and we had decorators in and 
out for a year. This Christmas I think wc 
can call the house our own. I have to go 
shopping every day, that is, if we want to 
eat. The rationing is very fair and, fortun- 
ately, we all like fish. I went on a business 
trip with Gordon and visited Helen Finch 
Halford for two days. She is very fit and 
in the usual high spirits. Both my boys are 
in good schools now. Jim, IS, is away at 
college in Shropshire and Harry, lO'/i, is a 
day boy in a prep school here. They were 
lucky to be placed as all schools are full 
up and the new Education Act makes it diffi- 
cult until it gets working properly." 


20-Year Reunion — June, 1947 

Class Secretary: Margaret Cramer (Mrs. 
W. B. Crane, Jr.), SO Verplank Avenue, 
Stamford, Connecticut. 

Fund Agent: Claire Hanner (Mrs. Wylie 
H. Arnold), 2410 Vernon Drive, Charlotte, 
North Carolina. 

Thank you for your contributions to the 
Alumnx Fund. Bear in mind that 1947 is a 
milestone for us. Every alumna I meet ad- 
vises me to put in a plug for our 20th re- 
union which I can't do too heartily. I hope 
each of you will do some rounding up so 
that we will appear in great numbers at 
Sweet Briar in June. 

Actually, I've seen Rebecca Manning 
Cutler, Helen Sniyser Talbot, Alice Eskcsen 
Ganzel, Connie Van Ness, Elise Morley Fink, 
Virginia Wilson Robbins, Elizabeth Cafes 
Wall, Kelly Vizard Kelly since my last writ- 
ing and am here reporting all looking well 
and happy. 

I wish that all of you could have gone 
to the luncheon in New York to see, hear 
and meet Miss Lucas. It is almost unbeliev- 
able that one person could have so much. 
In spite of being very pretty, looking most 
chic and being very young, Miss Lucas has 
a commanding personality combined with 
great charm. Her audience was held spell- 
bound from the minute she started to speak. 
In fact, many of us were so carried away 
that even meeting old friends, which is 
the usual magnet of Alumna; meetings, seemed 
a very secondary part of this gathering. 

Most of us seem to be robots of routine, 
but here is some news from those who are 

Tootie Maybanks Williams' home must be 
a good vacation spot, in the fall particularly. 
Sally Jameson, Claire Manner Arnold and 
Billy Qitiscnberry Marks have all been there 
for a visit. 

New Orleans will be in vogue in the near 
future with M. Broun Wood as hostess. Caro- 
line Comtpon and Connie Van Ness both 
have plans. Madeline saw Ruth Aunspaugh 
Daniels when she and her husband were there 
on a newspaper convention. In the fall Compy 
ran into Madeline and her grown children in 
a drug store in Vicksburg. They were on their 
way to Kentucky for a short vacation. 

Margaret Lovett left the Navy last Sep- 
tember, after which she and her mother 
made a trip to California. Of course she 
looked up Sue Milligan Hitch man and had 
a grand time talking over the old days. Mar- 
garet is back home now making plans for 
her future. 

Betty Miller Allan also went to California 
last Fall for a short stay. 

Camilla Alsop Hyde has moved back to 

Tabo Broun Hood has been in the hos- 
pital for two months with her leg broken 
in several places, due to a bad smash-up when 
her station-wagon collided with another car. 
She managed to go to Asheville for Christmas 
even though still not well enough for crutches. 
We hope that when she reads this she will 
be fit as a fiddle again. 

Jo Snow don Durham sent me a picture of 
herself and Ken and the four children gath- 
ered around the piano singing carols. I wish 
you could see it — they are a handsome 
group — I can tell you. Kenneth is thinking 
seriously of coming East for his reunion at 
W. & L., and if he does, Jo will come along. 
It looks now that our chances of seeing Jo 
at Sweet Briar in June are pretty good. 

Speaking of handsome groups you ought 
to see the picture I have of Elise Morley 
Fink and her husband and 4, too. 

Daphne Bunting Blair is having a busy- 
year. She is secretary of the PTA, on the 
hospitality committee of the College Club, and 
belongs to a Reading Club, and her youngest 
isn't in school yet! Frankie Sample, who 
lives in Boston, comes down to visit Daphne 

Elizabeth Cafes Wall is in Florida this 
winter. At present her husband's work is 
there. However, to keep track of Cates I 
think it's best to keep her Spartanburg address. 

Beatrice Carson Arndt lives in Chestnut 
Hills, Pennsylvania. While driving their son 
David home from Staunton Military School, 
last June, they visited the college. 

Theodora Cheescman is active in the Red 
Cross in Cincinnati and does mountains of 

Laura Boy n ton Rawlings is enjoying her 
new home at 1601 Neone Drive, Flint, Michi- 
gan. She and Elise Morley Fink see one an- 
other now and then. 

Emilie Halsell Marston has also been visit- 
ing in California. There she saw Catherine 
Johnson Brehme and her family. Nancy Lee, 
Emilie's daughter, is attending Potter School 
in Arizona. Emilie wrote from Texas. Recall 
her home is in Baltimore — she does get 

Emily Jones Hodge sees Wilmington Sweet 
Briarites once a month; among them, Esther 
Dickinson Robbins, Polly Bissell Ridler, Wanda 
Jenscb Harris, Marion Cross and Janet Bailey. 

The Charleston, West Virginia, Gazette had 
an article recently announcing that Harry 
Wallace, Lib Mathews' husband, was named 
West Virginian state chairman of the 1947 
March of Dimes. He has long been prominent 
in civic affairs. 

Gretchen Orr Swift is studying for her 
M.A. at Boston University. Her twins have 
applied for Sweet Briar for next year. 

Jo Plumb Palmer lives in California as you 
remember. She has been back East several 
times since she has lived there, coming through 
the canal twice and flying once. She is now 
feature editor for a trade publication and is 
doing some ghost writing for a local news- 
paper. She and her husband have just re- 
modeled and enlarged their house. 

That's all — keep your eyes and cars open for 
news and when you get spring fever this year 
you won't have to think twice about where 
to go — to Sweet Briar of course — where our 
hearts are always young and gay. And I might 
add "You owe it to yourself." 


Class Secretary: Polly McDiarmid (Mrs. 
Pierre Serodino) Signal Mountain, Tennessee. 
Fund Agent: Belle Brockenbrough (Mrs. 
John S. Hut chins), 2S0 Birch Street, Win- 
netka, Illinois. 

Hallct Gubehnan Knowles and Sue Tnckc 
Yates are both the parents of sons as yet 
not reported in our class column. Hal let's 
little boy was born on July 12, 1946, and 
Sue's in October. 

Lisa Gttigon Shinberger's husband, Baird, 
has retired from the Army to study for the 
ministry at the Virginia Episcopal Theological 
Seminary. They will be living in Alexandria 
for the next 3 years. 

Class Secretary: Sally Reahard, 5S2S North 
Meridian Street, Indianapolis 8, Indiana. 
Fund Agent: Gwendolyn Olcott (Mrs. 
George Writer, Jr.), 21 "Fifth Avenue, New 

Of course, this magazine is a bit short on 
recipes, household hints, etc., but won't you 
admit that it improves your morale and 
personality, not to mention your conversation 
when subjects of education are being dis- 
cussed? When you read the gossip columns and 
see the names of those companions of the 
"Best Years of Your Life," don't you have 
a faint surge of the giddy girlish exuberance 
that once caused you to sing, scream, and 
roll in the aisles? If you know any of our 
old friends who do not realize that even the 
most modest contribution to the Alumnx 
Fund will bring them, absolutely free, this 
periodic Refresher Course in Rejuvenation, 
please pass the. word along. 

I have been lucky in finding a long-lost 
member of this outfit, Virginia Dail Mc- 
Carthy, and am sorry I didn't have her on 
the list long ago. She was so pleased to be 
found that she not only sent a nice con- 
tribution to the Fund, but invited me to 
come East and meet an attractive eligible 
bachelor she knows! (Maybe this job has 
possibilities after all). Ginny and Fred have 
two children, Patty, aged 8, and Bill, 6. They 
live about 1 S miles from Manhattan, i. 
Douglaston Manor, Long Island. Remember- 
ing them from the days when they lived 
in Indianapolis, I know they have a gay and 
happy household and one or two Chow dogs 
for local color. 

Another grand surprise was a letter con- 
taining a warm welcome to Newton Centre, 

Febriutry, 1947 


Massachusetts from Carolyn Martindalc Blouin 
who has moved there from Montclair. She 
says they have a IS acre farm, a 200 year- 
old house, 3 children, and hired help. So 1 
guess that adds up to a good day's work for 
that gal. When they moved they took with 
them a little new member of the family, 
Craig Van Arsdale Blouin, whom they had 
acquired in June, 1946, and who now is 
undoubtedly Lord of the Ancient Manor. 

Carolyn gave me some statistics we cer- 
tainly should have had some time ago of other 
arrivals this year: Agnes Sproul Bush has 
her third, a girl, born last spring; Lucy 
Shirley Otis had her third (girl? boy?) last 
summer; Kathryn Graham Seiter her fourth 
child; Mary Huntington Harrison, her third 
daughter and fourth child, born January 
17; and Gwendolyn Olcott Writer's boy, 
born last spring is her third child. You would 
think that at least the Fund Agent would 
be on speaking terms with the Class Secre- 

In addition we have had two weddings. 
Emilie Turner was married on October 19 to 
Samuel Willis Cowling, Jr., and they are 
living in Newport News, Virginia. Marjorie 
Sturges became Mrs. William R. Moose, Jr., 
on December 21. She is living in Detroit, 

Class Secretary; Martha McBroom (Mrs. 
Frank L. Shipman), 210 Ridge Avenue, Troy, 

Fund Agent: Peronne Whittaker (Mrs. 
Robert Scott), 648D Beverly Road, Teaneck, 
New Jersey. 

Once more I take my pen in hand to 
record the news. Thanks to the assistance of 
my new secretary, namely, my ten year old 
Jane, I managed to get the cards out on 
time. Since it is an acknowledged fact in 
this family that her hand writing is much 
more legible than mine I think I will take 
her on permanently. 

A card from Jean Countryman Presba last 
September announced the arrival of a son, 
David Bert, born last May 24th. This is 
Jean's second child. I was sorry to learn that 
Jean's father had been quite ill, necessitating 
an operation, so early fall had been a difficult 
time for her. 

Another recent arrival is a son born to 
Marion Murphy Munz last April. Prior to 
his advent, Marion had held a position as an 
Engineering Draftsman for Corning Glass, 
but is finding her present job of housewife 
and mother much more to her liking. 

Right on the heels of Marion's letter came 
a card from Sally Perry Dorfeld, Marion's 
roommate at Sweet Briar. As you may recall, 
several years ago a truck crashed into the 
side of Sally's house, causing her such serious 
injury that she was laid up in the hospital 
for months. She writes that she is much 
better but still unable to drive a car or do 
much walking. Luck to you, Sally, you've 
had a long siege. 

Helen Sim Mellen had a most pleasant sur- 
prise last September when Fanny O'Brian 
Hettrick and Gert Prior dropped in on her. 
The former is now living in Plainfield, New 

Jersey, and Helen writes that she has a 
beautiful home, with lots of room for those 
"three very fine boys." Helen's son is now 
four years old and attending nursery school 
and, like most youngsters his age, he is full 
of energy and Helen rather welcomes those 
leisure hours. 

Natalie Roberts Foster was still in Arling- 
ton, Virginia, when 1 heard from her in 
November but thought she might be back 
in Ohio by the first of the year. Her 6 
months stay near the capital city has been 
a real thrill, along with enjoying several 
nice visits with Ellen Eskridgc Sanders and 
sister, Elizabeth. 

From a different Arlington (did you know 
there is one in New Jersey too?) came a note 
from Jane Tucker Ferrell. She is still busy 
with P.T.A., church and Red Cross work, 
and keeps slim rounding up her three chil- 
dren — Harry 12, Bonnie 9, and Tommy 2. 

Ever faithful Polly Swift Calhoun reports 
that all four of her children are now attend- 
ing school or nursery class and her biggest 
worry at present is "fractions." Wait 'til 
you start wrestling with Algebra and Latin 
declensions, Polly. 

Caroline Heath Tunstall is now perman- 
ently settled in Bristol, Virginia, having 
bought a house and planted a garden. That 
not being enough to keep her occupied, she 
is teaching sixty-five first graders. Her one 
Sweet Briar contact has been Miss Willa 
Young, who is secretary of the Y. W. there. 

Ginny Quintard Bond keeps busy caring 
for her two sons — Ted and Whit (ages 7 and 
5 ) . They attend school mornings but there 
is no afternoon session so her public life is 
practically nonexistent except for odd jobs 
for Red Cross and Community Fund. She 
had just entertained the Cleggs for dinner 
as a farewell gesture prior to their leaving 
Boston. Joe is temporarily located in Balti- 
more and Carolyn attends the Grier School 
out of Philadelphia and Stewartie divides 
her time between them and her former home 
in Dayton. All the Cleggs got to Dayton for 
the holidays and we had a grand reunion 
with them one evening when they came up 
for dinner, bringing Carolyn, whom Shippy 
enjoyed esquiring around. Seemed kind of 
strange for the four of us to be sitting home 
quietly while our offspring were out "on 
the town." 

Marjorie Webb Maryanov and husband are 
finally settled in Cambridge, Maryland, where 
the latter has opened an office and is practicing 
medicine. Marjorie finds that being a doctor's 
wife is sort of hectic but better than army life 
any time. 

Nancy Worthington is still the most trav- 
eled female I know. When she last wrote she 
had just returned from attending a meeting 
in Asheville, North Carolina. While there, 
whom should she run into in the elevator 
at the Battery Park' Hotel but Jane Muhlberg 
Halverstadt and husband, who were there 
to enjoy the golf and a few days of leisure. 
Nance added that Jane looked even lovelier 
than May-Queen days. 

Another faithful contributor who always 
manages to cram loads of news on one card 
is Peg Ferguson Bennett. She and Joe had 
had a pleasant summer, first enjoying a visit 

from Miss Gladys Boone of the Sweet Briar 
faculty, then they took the children and 
visited Peg's sister, Meredith Ferguson Smythe, 
'29, in northern Michigan, and from there 
to Wisconsin for a visit with Joe's family. 

Plans for attending Miss Lucas' inauguration 
were cancelled due to Olivet College having 
Homecoming on the same date. Olivet has 
a number of foreign students this year, among 
them a Danish lad who was interviewed by 
Miss Stockholm in Denmark this summer. 
Also, there are boys from Guatemala, Ger- 
many and Nigeria, and girls from Persia and 

Helen Lawrence VanderHorst and family 
have moved from Macon to Philadelphia 
where they have been settled for a year. 
They all love it and Helen has attended one 
Sweet Briar luncheon and is looking forward 
to her next one. 

A Christmas greeting came from Nancy 
Coe. Thanks, Nancy, and please write about 
yourself sometime soon. 

Jean Cole Anderson sent her usual breezy 
and refreshing letter. At last she and her 
husband have bought a home after "nomad- 
ing" all summer and fall between her sister's 
home in Memphis and her mother's place 
in Georgia. Jean hopes they are settled for 
a while, at least, until it is possible to build. 
She and Elizabeth Forsyth '26, attended the 
luncheon for Miss Lucas in October. There 
she saw Peg Harding '29, Mary Nice Jemison 
ex'3 1, and Alwyn Redmond Barlow '29. 

A most interesting letter came from Evelyn 
Mullen. It seems that my card was the first 
piece of mail to greet her on her return 
from Germany. 

As you may recall, Evelyn became an 
Army librarian in April, 1943. After attend- 
ing several camps here, she and four other 
girls went overseas in July of 194$, flying 
to Paris for some special training, then on 
to Heidelberg for assignments. Two girls and 
she were sent to the 7th Army and from 
there to the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 
3rd Infantry Division, with headquarters in 
Hersfield, which is located 45 miles south 
of Kassel and 90 miles northeast of Frankfort 
(near the Russian Zone). Her area was 150 
miles long by 50 miles wide and, with the 
use of a Bookmobile, she covered that terri- 
tory, distributing reading matter to our sol- 
diers. The work was constant but interesting 
and she enjoyed three nice vacations: a ten 
day leave in England, a three day leave to 
the Bavarian Alps and three days at the 
Salzburg Music Festival. In spite of her 
many interesting experiences Evelyn was glad 
to get back on American soil and says she 
is anxiously awaiting the next alumna: maga- 
zine so she can catch up on the news. 

Had hoped to meet Polly Woodward Hill 
in Cincinnati for luncheon early in December 
but a last-minute change of plans spoiled 
our reunion. Am still hoping to see her before 
she and Bob and young Jane take off for 
the usual Florida trek. Her younger daugh- 
ter, Barbara, and nurse have already joined 
Polly's family there. 

In October, I deserted my family and 
domestic duties long enough to have a full 
week in New York. Had planned to call 
some of you in the suburbs for a brief chat 

Alumnae Neu s 

but my good intentions all went hay-wire, 
when I found myself flat on my back with 
gastric enteritis for three days. Once on im 
feet, I did manage to see several shows and 
dn a little Christmas shopping and a lot oi 
window shopping but I felt too deflated to 
work up much enthusiasm. 

Guess tins winds up the news for the 
present and let me wish all of you a 
belated Happy New Year, with a sincere wish 
that among your resolutions, you who have 
been remiss in answering my cards will do 
so mure promptly instead of pushing them in 
a cubby hole of your desk to gather dust. 
What would happen to this column if all 
oi j ou did that? 


1 J-Year Reunion, June, 1947 

( lass Secretary. Charlotte Magoffin, Box 
56, Deerwood, Minn. 

Vund Agent: Marcia L. Patterson, Kent 
Place School, Summit, N. J. 

I'm not particularly proud of the response 
I got this time; being Scotch inside and out, 
I'm moved to remark that it seems like a 
darned waste of perfectly good postcard >. 
Well, anyway . . . 

Marcia Patterson is still a school-marm 
during the week, and undergoes stiff coun- 
teractive treatment at home on weekends by 
devoting herself to her 7 year old cousin. 

Marcelle /) \minique Perrot, ex'32, sent this 
snapshot of herself, her daughter, Martine 4, 
and her son, Dominique, 2, which was taken 
last summer. They live in southern Frant . 
not far from the place where the initial land- 
ings by the Americans were made in the sum- 
mer of 1944. If you wish to write to her, 
her address is: Mine. Maurice Perrot, Chemio 
des Deux Portes, Martigues (Bouchcs du 
Rhone) France. 

First, I've a wedding to report, as of April 
27, 1945 — which shows you how I keep up 
with the world. Emma Knowlton Humphreys 
is now Mrs. Stuart B. Lytic, and is living :n 
< hicago. Not only that, but Robert James 
Lytle II arrived March 1 7, 1 946, a very 
appropriate date, as Emma remarked, since 
he is named for his Scotch-Irish grandfather. 
Kmma's daughter i- almost 10, and in the 
fifth grade. 

From Ha r roils Creek, Kentucky, Sjl!\ 
Shallenberger Brown wrote with enthusiastic 
anticipation that she and Lyons were going 
to Mt. Trcmblant in Canada on a skiing trip 
later this winter. Sally is carrying on her 
painting, and has recently built a studio at 
the back of her garden. 

Lib Dough tie Bethea and her older daugh- 
ter forsook Memphis in November for a 
two-week holiday in New York. On the way 
home, they stopped in Washington to visit 
Ted Clary Treadwell, had lunch with Marian 
Malm Fowler, and Ruth Rem on Wenzcl, and 
saw Annabel Essary Ansell ('33). Lib wrote 
glowingly of Miss Lucas' visit to Memphis 
and of the tea at Virginia Finch Waller's, 
which gave all the Memphis alumnae an op- 
portunity to meet Miss Lucas. 

Ruth Wenzel's life certainly sounds like 
a full one. She has a part time job in social 
service with the Washington Heart Associa- 
tion, and this winter she has also been helping 
to raise money for the equipment fund of 
the new George Washington University Hos- 
pital. Plus a home to care for and two 
children, aged 5 and 7, to "raise up." 

Gussie Gilbert Davy has become a con- 
firmed California n, from atop her mountain 
just above Berkeley. Her two children are 
8 and 1 0, and now that they're old enough 
to look out for themselves a little, Gussie is 
taking advantage of her freedom by doing 
San Francisco thoroughly. 

Alice Weymouth McCord's family spent 
last summer at her mother's home on Long 
Island, and in September went to their farm 
in Vermont, their first visit there since 1941. 
Alice's daughter started to school this year, 
and Alice intimated that she's feeling her 
age. Mamma, not daughter. As who isn't, i: 
saj s here and not in small print. 

Jane Hayi Dowler says she leads a quiet 
life, but knowing of the existence of Steve, 
5 . and Penny-, 4, I doubt it. The Dowlers 
have recently acquired a lake cottage which 
they are going to do over, and that sounds 
like fun. 

Ginny Squibb Flynn and Jim have been 
living in Massachusetts for over a year and 
still aren't used to all the snow. (You should 
try a January in Minnesota). This past fall 
they were in New York, where they met 
Sue Burnett Davis and had a big time doing 
the rounds. 

Let ha Morris Wood wrote that she had 
nothing exciting to report. Let ha has two 
prospective Sweet Br ia rites, Lee and Nancy, 
and if her days aren't exciting, I'll wager 
they a rent dull, either. 

The first of December, Betty Allen 
Magruder began a two-year residency at the 
New York State Psychiatric Institute. She 
says it's exactly what she wanted and in- 
tensely interesting yvork. Uncle, anything 

implying that much knowledge and respon- 
sibility is positively awesome. 

I can report first -hand on Alice Dabney 
Parker, Helen Pratt, Graft and Eleanor Wright 
Conway, for I saw them all when I went 
east on my long-antuipated and thoroughly- 
enjoyed vacation last October. Helen was 
lust up from a nasty bout with pneumonia 
which had her down for several weeks, but 
she and El and I put in a full afternoon of 
talk out at her house, nevertheless. I spent 
several days at the Parkers' and had a grind 
time with Alice (who doesn't look a day 
older) and Johnny and their two girls, and 
I was with Ll Conway and her girls over 
a week. Ted had flown to Tokyo for a month; 
a later report from EI savs he got back safely 
but that his baggage was stalled ... I wonder 
if it ever turned up. 

How about reunion, you people? Con- 
gealed and practically snowbound as I am 
at this point, the thought of Sweet Briar 
and climbing roses and honeysuckle and birds 
singing and cokes in the dell and strawberry 
sundaes at the Inn seems like something out 
of a dream. So help me, I'm going back and 
prove that it isn't . . . or else. And since 
a number of the rest of you evidently feel 
the same way, I'm looking forward to it 
even more. 


( Lis\ Sec re til ry : W an ted ! 

Vund Agent: Sue Graves (Mrs. William K. 
Stubbs), 2105 Island Drive, Monroe, Louisi- 

Needed: Class secretary! Won't somebody 
collect the news for the class of 1933? 

A daughter was born to Margaret Wayland 
Taylor on October 10. Her name is Helen 
Watson Taylor. 

Sue Slaughter, class of 13, sent us a letter 
telling of one of our long unheard-from exes, 
Augusta Wallace Handel. Miss Slaughter 

"After leaving Sweet Briar, Augusta Wal- 
lace, ex' 33, attended Yassar, the Sorbonne, 
and Columbia (where she got her degree). 
Then followed an interesting career on the 
stage and in 1942 she married Leo Handel 
of Vienna. She has one son, Tommy. They 
live at 154-17 Ash Avenue, Murray Hill, 
Long Island ... (I hope that she may) par- 
ticipate with the New York Sweet Briar 
Club in its discussion of education at Sweet 
Briar. Surely one who has tried 4 colleges has 
a good deal of perspective by which to judge 
what is useful in higher education and what 


Class Secretary: Marjorie Lasar (Mrs. E. R. 
Hurd, Jr.), 42 5 North Hanley Road, St. 
I ouis, Missouri. 

Vund Agent: Julia Sadler (Mrs. Calvert dz 

( oligny ) , lion Air, Virginia. 

Tacky's second little boy, Prentiss, junior, 

was born November seventh, but I have had 

no further word from her since that mo- 
mentous day. 

February, 1947 


Helen Bamford writes that all her family 
keep well and they have had a wonderful 
time skating on their flooded tennis court. 
Nan Carter says she keeps busy with her four 
with the usual round of colds and tonsils to 
come out. 

Martha Lou and her husband spent Christ- 
mas in Springfield and Marcia writes that her 
mother came to Temple to sp^nd Christmas 
with her family. 

Mary Moore Rowe writes that she and her 
husband are settled in Brookline- she saw 
Beanie when she was in Cambridge visiting 
her sister and she also occasionally sees Lang- 
horne Watts Austen and her three children. 

Bonnie and Lib write glowingly of the 
Sweet Briar Day in New York during the 
holidays. There were ten from '34 including 
Louise Greenwood Lippitt, Fig Newton Hollis, 
Emilie Emery Washburn, Smut, Jill Bender 
and Julie. They were quite carried away with 
Miss Lucas and I am hoping she will wend 
her way westward so we can have a glimpse 
of her here. 

Cookie writes of a pleasant Christmas and 
the Rose Bowl game and parade. 

Betty Suttle Briscoe says that she and 
Mary McCalium Neill had two days together 
in New York this past November. Mary lives 
in the same apartment house and her husband 
is at the New York Hospital ; they spent 
Christmas in Laurel, Mississippi. Julie and 
her family came over at Thanksgiving to see 
Betty when they were in Bryn Mawr visiting 
her sister. Betty and family are moving in 
February to Bala-Cynwyd. She also hopes to 
come out here to a medical convention next 
fall which sounds grand to me. 

Our life pursues its even (!) tenor from 
day to day punctuated by the advent last 
September of a baby dachshund which has 
been a lot of fun. That seems to be the high 
point in the local news. Please write again 

there two years ago for the G. I.'s and they 
wish her to return. There is also an invita- 
tion from the Greek Government, which she 
was unable to accept. 

Meanwhile, concert engagements are in- 
creasing. Her recent appearance as guest ar- 
tist of the welcoming party for the United 
Nations representatives, at the Waldorf, re- 
ceived very favorable comment in the New 
York press. She is also doing considerable 
radio work, particularly in introducing the 
songs of Grace L. Austin. Negotiations are 
under way for making records for Columbia. 

'It's a tough life, but a good one!' Eliza- 
beth told us. "We all work hard. Really ex- 
cellent singers of all voices are about a dime- 
a dozen in New York, but all carry on vali- 

Anne Baker Gerhart writes that her two 
children, Anne, 3 years, and Peter, 18 months, 
plus Howard, keep her busy. Besides these 
minor duties, she is teaching a class of Junior 
League provisionals. The Gerharts hope to get 
in a little skiing this winter — and with the 
February blizzard I imagine it is their means 
of transportation for a while. 

John Bryant wrote a note for Kitty Brandt 
Bryant to say that young John Bryant, Jr., 
had her occupied at the moment. (Junior ar- 
rived on November 4.) The Bryants have a 
daughter, Carol, 4 years old, and are living in 
Grand Rapids. 

Betty Klinedinst McGavran is living in 
Columbus, Ohio, where her husband is prac- 
ticing Internal Medicine. He received his dis- 
charge from the army in May. 

Martha Jane Gipe Smith has 3 boys, Fritz, 
8 years, Tom, 6, and Davy, 4. She and Betty 
Fox Moon see each other often. Betty has 2 
children, Lynn and Tony. 

Marguerite Duval McGinnis has moved to 
Lynchburg where her husband is with the 
L G. Balfour Co. Marguerite says she has 

two boys, Mac, 7, and Deane 3, — "both Tar- 
heels, but will make excellent Virginians, I 
hope ... I promise not to wait five more 
years to answer one of your cards." An yon-* 
else inspired? 

Cary Burwell Carter's mother answered my 
card to say that Cary and Nick are back 
at the Gilman Country School, Roland Park, 
10, Baltimore. Cary has been doing some ref- 
ereeing in basketball. She has two children, 
Anne S x /z and Francis III, 3. Cary and Nick 
were here in Jacksonville during the war and 
we enjoyed seeing them. 

Alice Laubach wrote from Asheville that 
she was in the market for some gardening 
helpers. If anyone is interested — and Ashe- 
ville in the spring is wonderful — please write 

Judy HalliBurton Burnett recently returned 
from a trip to New York and Washington 
and is busy with her family and Junior 
League work. 

Jerry Johnston Clute is busy. I quote, 
"We're about to dig in for the long winter 
months. A group of 34 men and girls have 
formed a choral group and we're going to 
try some Fred Waring arrangements. Also, I 
have my 99 Girl Scouts — 1 6 Leaders and 22 
on my Committee to keep me jumping. The 
March of Dimes is on now and I'm distribut- 
ing boxes for that. And what with Sunday 
School classes, Hospital Guild, Bridge Club, 
and a very congenial good-sized group of 
young people around here, we really keep 
busy in this small town." 

Dorothy Barnum Venter says that they are 
out of the Navy now and settled permanent- 
ly in their house by the sea. She has two 
children, Mary Lou, 7 x /z and Si, 1 5 months. 
She saw Cynthia Harbison Heye and her two 
children recently. 

Eleanor Elliott Scott sent me a picture of 
her 3 attractive youngsters at Christmas. Lida 
Voigt Young manages a letter occasionally 


Class Secretary: Jacquelyn Strickland 
(Mrs. Edward J. Dwelle, Jr.), 4910 Arapahoe 
Avenue, Jacksonville 5 , Florida. 

Fund Agent: Cynthia Harbison (Mrs. Carl 
W. Heye), 26 Lawrence Street, Scarsdale, 
New York. 

Thanks to you who answered my cards. It 
was good hearing from all of you. Before the 
year is over, I hope to have written every- 
one, so please do drop the "return" card in 
the mail. I want the names of the whole class 
to appear in print. 

Elizabeth Crawford sent me a clipping re- 
garding her musical activities. I know you 
are as interested and proud as I, so I pass it 
on in its entirety: 

"Interviewed by the Intelligencer, Miss 
Crawford reported a busy schedule for the 
New Year. Under the auspices of the United 
State Department of State, she will make a 
concert tour of the Middle East with the in- 
vitation of the British and other governments 
there. She made quite a success in singing 


A Camp for Girls 7-15 

Little Switzerland, North Carolina 


Camp As You Like It 

Founded in 1914 

This is a small camp with registration limited to 6 5 campers. 
Carefully selected counselors direct swimming, land sports, camp- 
craft, dancing, riding, nature study, handcrafts, and dramatics. 
Requests for catalogues and further information 
should be addressed to the owners and directors: 

Jeanette Boone, '27 Helen H. McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia 


Alumnae Neu 

and cards came recently from Pood Win rtsou 
Ruddell, Louise Wood Kooncc, and Rebecca 
You fig Frazicr, I do love this job! 

Class Secretary: Aline Stump, 12f East 84th 
Street, New York 28, New York. 
I a a J Agent: Frances W. Gregory, 185 Up- 
per Mountain Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey. 

I am taking over with grave misgivings, 
liven now I am not receiving the co-operation 
I'd hoped for. Few of my penny postals have 
been answered. Please write me bits of news 
about yourselves and others in our class. 

Attention magazine readers! Phoebe Pierson 
Dunn is on Page 1 of the January "Ladies' 
Home Journal." The Dunns and their two 
children, Suzanne (7) and Judy (4) are liv- 
ing in Darien, Connecticut, along with rab- 
bits, cats, dogs, and a horse* in the barn. 

Nancy Parsons Jones's little girls, Suzanne 
(5) and Margot (2) are growing by leaps 
and bounds. Suzanne started kindergarten 
this fall and loves it. Nancy and her husband. 
Vincent, took a delightful trip to Canada 
this fall. 

A recent telephone conversation with 
Grissy Dcringer Plater was frequently inter- 
rupted by the happy voices of her two boys, 
Marek (l l /z) and Zygmunt (3 ! /2). Grissy is 
the president of a nursery school composed 
of forty-two little ones from Jackson Heights. 
She hopes to see Helen Rac Wainwright dur- 
ing the holidays. Helen, her husband and two 
children, Harris, Jr. (6 ! / 2 ) and Sarah (4 54) , 
have recently moved to Tuckahoe, New York, 
from Manchester, New Hampshire. 

Thank you, Ruth Gilliam Viar, for your 
nice letter. Ruth is busy with her children 
who are now going through the cowboy age. 
Neal is in the third grade, Elizabeth in the 

Emily T. Bowen was married December 14, 
to George Wesley Muller, Jr. He served 2 x /z 
years in the Air Force and has resumed his 
position with the National Sugar Refining 
Company in its New York offices. 

Mary Agnes Young became Mrs. Thomas 
Turner, Jr., in October. They are living in 
Mt. Ranier, Maryland. 

A four tli son, Malcolm Tyler, was born 
July 2S, to Kathleen Donohue McCormick. 
Virginia Rutty Anstice adopted a son, who 
has been named Gardner Reynolds Anstice. 

Jane Manilla rdt Murphy and her doctor 
husband are living in Montclair, New Jersey, 
w here Gordon is now practicing. Their two 
children are thriving. Bobby is now 2 ! > and 
Nance 1. Jane writes that Ellie Krekeler 
Chrisman was living in Bainbridge, Maryland, 
the last she heard. Ellie has three, two girls 
and a boy. 

News of Alva Root Bound comes directly 
from her husband whom I saw several months 
ago at a Navy reunion, Alva was Chairman 
of the Mt. Kisco Chapter of the Red Cross 
during the war. Although she is busy with 
her children, Aida (9), Charles (7), and 
Alva (M. she rinds time to sing in the church 
choir with none other than Julia Sadler '34. 

Nancy Braswell Holderness is living in 

I arboro, North Carolina. Nancy has three: 
boys 6 and 4, and a little girl, 2, and, ac- 
cording to Nancy there arc never less than 
seventeen others in the house. 

Aside from her duties as a Sweet Briar 
Council member. Alma Martin Rotnem is 
teaching at the Chapin School in New York 
City and is Chairman of the Volunteers for 
Visiting Nurses' Service in Manhattan and 
boroughs. Alma's little boy, Ricky, recently 
celebrated his fifth birthday. Alma saw Ada 
Denton Roberts at Madison, Connecticut, this 
summer where she was enjoying the week-end 
with her newly returned Navy husband. 

Muggy Gregory Cukor, my next door 
neighbor, spent New Year's Eve with George 
Anne Jackson Slocum at Beacon, New York. 
G. A. has a boy, Jack, 2 l / 2 , and twins, Julie 
and Jim, a little over a year old. Another 
near neighbor, Adele Bowman Smith, finds 
her time fully occupied with little Adele 
(4 J/2). Midge Sylvester, I'm told, is likewise 
living nearby and is at present active in radio 
work in New York. 

Libby Hartridge is once again a member 
of our New York roup. During the war 
Libby, a Lieutenant in the Waves, did per- 
sonnel work in the Bureau of Supplies and 
Accounts in Washington. When released from 
active duty in April, 1946, Libby went to 

The New York Sweet Briar Day was a tre- 
mendous success. Our class was poorly repre- 
sented as Jeanne Grandeman Losee and I were 
the only two present. Jeanne, looking lovely 
as always, has 2 boys, Tommy (6) and Alan 
(2). Despite her busy life, she finds time to 
study music. 

As for me I'm thoroughly enjoying a two 
weeks' vacation from my nine year old school 
boys and am looking forward to many let- 
ters from all of you in the near future. "A 
college", dear thirty-sixers, "is as strong as 
its alumnae." 

10 Year Reunion, Junl 1947 

Clan Secretary: Harriet Shaw, 22 1 High- 
brook Avenue, Pelham Manor, 6S, New York. 
I n in/ Agent: Natalie Lucas (Mrs. M. S. 
Chase), Box 1208, Florence, South Carolina. 
I hope you will begin to plan now to re- 
turn to campus this spring for our tenth re- 
union. Remember what we used to say when 
we were in college when the alumnae re- 
turned! However, I have just met Miss Lucas 
and came away so thrilled, and with my in- 
terest in Sweet Briar "so rejuvenated, that I 
know a trip back to see her and what she is 
doing, combined with the pleasure of meet- 
ing old friends, would be an inspiration to 
us all. 

In New York at Christmas I saw Sid Gort 
Herpers, May Weston Thompson, Rosalie Hall 
Cramer, and Bobbie Jarvis. Sid and May seem 
contented suburbanites, while Lee and Bobbie 
are active business- women. Fred is still with 
the occupational forces In Germany, so that 
Lee is running the family business solo. 

Anne Lemmon enrolled January 6 in a 
school of merchandising in New York City 

and will reside at the Hotel Le Marquis on 
East 31st Street for some months. 

Polly Lambeth Blackwell is back home in 
Winston-Salem with her 2 children. Lawyer 
husband, Wmfield, has recently been elected 
to the North Carolina Legislature, so part of 
Polly's time will be spent in Raleigh. She has 
recently joined the Junior League in Win- 

Marjoric Critikshank Truxtun \ married 
to Holmes Murphy Dyer July 3 1, 1946. They 
are living in Atlantic Highlands overlooking 
the ocean on the Jersey Shore. 

Some old news about some comparatively 
new people — to Anna Mary Charles Straub 
came a son on July 11. His name is Jackson 
L. Straub, III. And Morev Shepard is the 
daughter of Vera Searcy McGonigle; she was 
born July 30. 

Natalie Liu a\ Chase lost her father sud- 
denly this Fall. He was a prominent and 
much-loved physician in South Carolina. 

I resigned my job in Wall Street this 
spring, and have been recuperating from an 
over-dose of subwayitis. Late in January 1 
am flying to Puerto Rico for an indefinite 
stay with friends. It is my birthplace and I 
have not seen it since I was seven, so I am 
very much excited. When I return I hope 
to help rejuvenate alumnae activities here in 
Westchester County. I would like to hear 
from any of the rest of you who are active 
in alumnae groups and perhaps we can ex- 
change ideas. Do be sure to re-read Miss Lu- 
cas's and Miss Benedict's articles in the Oc- 
tober Alumnae News. 

There are still many members of our class 
who appear to be lost. Will you help out by 
sending me any address-changes since Octo- 
ber 1 that you know about? 

Class Secretary: Dolly Nicholson (Mrs. 
John A. Tate, Jr.), 212 Middleton Drive, 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Fund Agent: Janet MacFarlan (Mrs. 
Charles Bergmann), 244 Ackerman Avenue, 
HoHoKus, New Jersey. 

The sympathy of us all is with Mary Alice 
Berckmans at the untimely death of her 
husband David Bush Canby in November. 
Mr. Canby, an expediter for the Dupont Com- 
pany in Wilmington, had been ill for several 

On December 29 the engagement of Sarah 
Lou Taylor, ex'3 8, to Dr. Thomas Gephart 
was announced. 

Louise Bailey McGuire was married last 
July 20 to Edward P. McDermott. Her ad- 
dress in Montclair is the same. 

Your class secretary Dolly Nich, whose son 
was born December 30, will no doubt be with 
you again in April. 

Class Secretary; Betsy Campbell (Mrs. Rob- 
ert S. Gawthrop, Jr.) 326 West Miner Street, 
West Chester, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agents Yvonne Legcett (Mrs. D. L. 
Dyer) Alger Court, Apt. S-G, Rivermere, 
Bronxville, New York. 

Just couldn't face sending out postals this 
time, but come March I'll shoo them off once 

February, 1947 


more, so send along the news then, won't 
you? Happy came through with a grand 
letter, though emerging from a bad siege of 
ptomaine poisoning. She wrote of Rilma 
Wilson's wedding December 30, where she 
sat across the table from Vesta Murray 
Haselden and her husband. The general wed- 
ding commotion was added to by the an- 
nouncement of the arrival of a son to Jack 
and Dolly "Nicholson Tate. Jack is Rilma's 

Hap heard from Henri Minor Hart in 
White Plains, and she often sees Becky 
Wright Myers who lives three doors away. 
They take turns transporting their children 
to a kindergarten, largely composed of Sweet 
Briar alumna: children. Snooks* Robinson 
McGuire's oldest, and Martha Matthews 
Munroe's older daughter are among them. 
Sister Mary is still playing in "Apple of 
His Eye" and is on tour with the Theatre 
Guild. Mary sees many S.B.C. friends, who 
all must get as big a thrill from seeing her 
back stage as I did. Happy herself is occu- 
pied with her children, Richard 4Vz and 
Vcc 3. Husband Dick is a reporter on the 
Charlotte Obserier. 

Tragic news from Virginia Wacr Busser. 
Her husband, Dr. Anton Busser, died sud- 
denly of a heart attack November 1 7. She 
will remain in Auburn, Indiana, with her 
two daughters for the present. I know 
everyone joins me in sympathy for Virginia 
at this sad time. 

Lots of babies! John Victor, Jr., born 
December 27, to Mary Jeff Welles Pearson. 
His sister, Betty, is 19 months old. Philip, 
son of Lee Montague Joachin, was born De- 
cember II. Elizabeth Lane is Jean Oliver 
Sartor's new daughter. George Rogers was 
born June 1 1 to Margaret KoPer Willis. 

Marion Mann Murray married Dr. Stuart 
Zeh Hawkes in October. They are living in 
Boonton, New Jersey. 

Helen Cary Stewart and John have bought 
a house in Hohokus, New Jersey. 

Mary Frances Buchanan Flowers is at home 
with her mother who is very ill. I know you 
all join me in hopes for her recovery. 

Marguerite Myers Glenn wrote in October, 
too late for the last news. She is in Long 
Beach, Washington, where she had a gloriojs 
summer at the beach with Frankie and Guy. 
They have a large farm; grow raspberries, 
blueberries, strawberries, and specialize in 
rhododendron and artichokes. She was busy 
freezing the luscious produce when she wrote. 
She told of the Salmon Derby held annually 
at the mouth of the Columbia River. Tencs 
are pitched for the fishermen who compete 
for a grand prize of $ 1 ,000. All shared in 
the catch of salmon which average 2 5 to 3 
pounds each. 

Julia Ridgeley Peacock has had some lovely 
trips since last we heard from her — Maine, 
Southern Pines, a visit with Anne Espach 
Weckler in Detroit, and she attended Nancy 
Gatch's wedding. Nancy has taken a job in 
connection with the hospital in Rochester. 
Julia is now doing part-time secretarial work 
for the husband of a friend. She works 
with a soundscriber, and says she feels like 

a typist, switchboard operator, and street -car 
conductor all rolled into one. 

Boot V under hilt Brown raved about Miss 
Lucas's Sweet Briar Day speech, and says 
that the New York contingent all wishes they 
were 10 years younger. 

I was thrilled on Sweet Briar day to hear 
about the French school Sweet Briar has 
adopted. Or do you all know about it? The 
students- raised $1,000 for it last fall. 
Clothing for boys and girls, ages 6-14, 
dried fruits, rice, and chocolate, soap, 
toothpaste — anything is welcome, and these 
are to be sent to Mary Stuart McGuire at 
Sweet Briar. I have been working with the 
church and the Emergency Aid for foreign 
relief, and heifers are the most unique con- 
tribution we've had. The crying need of 
all Europe and China continues and one only 
wishes her resources were unbounded. 

Sweet Briar Day was grand. The students 
were so attractive, their reports so vivid 
and inspiring; we're representing one fine 
college, ladies! 

Class Secretary; Nida Tomlin (Mrs. R. C. 
Watts, Jr.), 100 Madison Street, Lynchburg, 

Vund Agent; Margaret Woods (Mrs. Louis 
C. Gillette), R.F.D. No. 1, Norwalk, Con- 

There seems to be a whole new crop of 
v/ee ones to report. As a matter of fact, some 
of them might be about to enter Sweet Briar, 
or at least old enough to toddle around the 
boxwoods by this time. However, their ap- 
pearance was unknown to me. Jane Baker 
Grant's daughter, Victoria Ann, arrived 'way 
last August. Blanche Fleming Gray's son, 
Frank Biddle, Jr., was born last July. Jean 
Blount Blount is the mother of a little girl. 
Connie Currie Fleming had a son, Richard 
Elliot, Jr., as of September 10. Irene Wychoff 
Gust af son's son, David, was born in August. 
Richard John Both, Jr., met his sister, Blair 
Bunting, on November 2 1 . Mr. and Mrs. 
Thomas W. McBride ( Marion Daudt ) are 
rejoicing over the birth of their child, 
Patricia Ann, who was born on December 6. 
One bright cheerful day in October, Lawson 
Turner, Jr., called me to say that Frances 
Moses Turner would be unable to attend 
our party that afternoon, as she had just 
had a small party of her own named 
Lawson III. 

Our group of doctor's wives seem to be 
doing fine, in spite of their somewhat exact- 
ing roles. Mary Miller Naquin writes from 
Boston that Dr. Naquin is finishing his medi- 
cal residence at the City Hospital and will 
go to Johns Hopkins in July for a one to 
three year period. Alice Gass Dornberger's 
husband is still at the Mayo Clinic, but is on 
a leave of absence and the Dornbergers are 
spending the winter at Sun Valley. This 
spring, they will be established in a new 
house in Rochester. Reba Smith Gromel also 
has a new house and has at last said farewell 
to painters and electricians. Dr. Gromel 
opened his office last summer in Allentowm, 

Pennsylvania. Reba says that she is fran- 
tically busy, but that a Bendix makes her 
life easier. 

It was so grand CO hear from Ruth 
Mealand (ex *40). She is living in Cleveland. 
Ruth worked for United Airlines for several 
years. Now, she is at Western Reserve Uni- 
versity as its Placement Adviser and Per- 
sonnel Director. Ruth says that a short 
time ago, she saw Eleanor Bosworth Spider 
in a Cleveland newspaper picture of the 
Women's Symphony Orchestra Committee. 
Ruth corresponds often with Libby Conovcr 
of St. Louis and reports that Libby loves 
teaching her large kindergarten class there. 

C. P. Necl Mahoney writes of herself and 
her two Georges. George, Sr., will finish his 
work at the University of Virginia in June. 
In the meantime, C. P. feels lucky to be 
living in an attractive guest house on a farm 
near Charlottesville. The Mahoneys sp;nt 
Christmas in Kentucky. 

On December 6, Mary Jane Burnett became 
Mrs. Perry Childs Hill. Mr. Hill is a news- 
paper man and political columnist, in charge 
of the Madison Bureau of the Milwaukee 
Sentinel. Mary Jane said that after months 
of discouraging hunting that they found an 
apartment which they would have been 
thrilled with even when there wasn't a housing 

It was a great pleasure to have Agnes 
Spencer Burke and Jack as our week-end 
guests not long ago. Since then, Ag has seen 
Peggy Caperton in Washington. Peggy was 
visiting her family there and told Ag that 
she is enjoying her Red Cross work at Lake- 
hurst, New Jersey. 

Class Secretary; Joan DeVore, (Mrs. John 
E. Roth, Jr.), 3 13 5 Victoria Boulevard, Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Patricia Dowling (Mrs. Alfred 
von "Wellsheim), 17 Higby Road, Utica 3, 
New York. 

There were wonderful surprises this time — 
unsolicited news, which is doubt ly appre- 
ciated, and a right good result from the 
inevitable postcards. 

Reports on future Briar ites and gentlemen 
friends are first on the agenda. A cute notice 
from Bill and Pat Sorenson Ackard an- 
nounced the arrival of Stephen Lawrence on 
December 1 . Dan and Emory Hill Rex had 
an addition to their family on December 17. 
Their new daughter's name is Anne Loren. 
Allen Bagby McNeil had a daughter, Maria, 
born October 11. Tom and Janie Clark 
Hart rick have what Janie terms a "little 
charmer," Ann Frances, born November 20, 
and she says the big brothers are crazy 
about their wee sister. George and Helen 
Watson Hill have adopted a young man, who 
came to them December 1 6 at the age of 
four weeks. Helen enclosed a picture of 
Geoffrey William and he is indeed adorable. 
Bill and Barbara Hclman Whitcomb had a 
second son, Charles Holman, born November 
27, and I just learned that Olivia Rhodes 
Woodin has a son, name and birthday un- 
known to me. 


Alumnae Neu I 

Since last edition I became Mrs. John E. 
Roth, Jr., and find that Dcdorc Roth doesn't 
sound bad at all. We were married November 
2 3 and are in a furnished apartment until 
the completion of the one we are waiting 
for. Peg Tomlin became Mrs. Paul G. Graves 
January 4 and has deserted Cincinnati for 
Lynchburg where Paul is busy farming. 
Louise Kirk Headley made the trek from 
Tallahassee for the festivities and we had a 
time catching up on things. Mary Scully be- 
came Mrs. James Burt Olncy on October 19. 

The careers are well-diversified. Libba 
Hudson is working in the G-2 War Depart- 
ment offices at Arlington Hall. Do Albray 
has been promoted from secretary to the 
president to assistant to the president of 
Bull Steamship Lines. Besides getting ad- 
vancements, Do is running the business end 
of the Young People's Dance Group in Maple- 
wood and is busy with the local Little 
Theatre group. Jimmie McBee has three sec- 
tions of history at the Northampton School 
for Girls and 2 1 6 pupils in the class she 
helps in at Smith, all of which results in 
400 papers to correct all too often, but she 
says she's crazy about the work and having 
a wonderful time. 

Betty "Dowsie" Neill wote a harrowing 
account of helping Barbara N evens Wicker- 
ham get married. Her fiance's ship was de- 
layed from Germany, and everyone was rush- 
ing around getting to the license bureau 
before it closed on a Saturday, waiving time 
limits, etc., but anyway Barb is now Mrs. 
Ralph E. Young. A nice letter from Margaret 
Stuart Wilson Newbold said she was married 
June 29 and is now Mrs. Kenneth Hall Dickey. 
Her little daughter, Genie, is almost 3 . 
Craigie was married February I to Carl Price, 
a young lawyer in Washington. 

I have caught up on a lot of the girls 
and their families and thought you would 
be interested. Chee-Chee Broun-Serman 
MacRae has two daughters, Fan and Marian, 
and they are living at the Seminary in Alex- 
andria, where Mac is a pediatrician. Cheech 
has become an ardent Red Cross Home Service 
gal, untangling the trials of veterans. She 
reported that Pat Eagles field Kirchoffer, ex 
41, was married to a seminary student and 
lives close by. Allen Bagby McN-ill and Mac 
have bought a house in San Marino where 
he is still in law school. 

Douce said Charlie and Betsy Tower Ben- 
nett have rented a house next to them in 
Pleasantville, and they are good neiehbors 
and lots of fun. Edge Cardamonc O'Donnell 
has two sons, Bobbie and Dick, and they have 
bought a house in Utica. Mary Anne 
Somervell Brenza has two children, Anne and 
William, and is living in Miami. Wyn and 
Joan Meacham Gay have two lively sons 
and are moving into a lovely old house in 
Hudson, Massachusetts, in February. Tommy 
and Martha Jean Brooks Miller are moving 
from Washington to Charlotte where Tommy 
is becoming junior partner in a law firm. 

Helen Watson said she's heard from Bobbie 
Clark Hall that she was home for Christmas 
but thinking of returning to Coronado, Cal- 
ifornia. Martha Ingles Shrader is still in the 

tropics with Jack and son John Robert. Lucy 
Parton Miller has a son, Bobby, and they 
arc living in State College, Pennsylvania. 
Helen Guiu Wallace, ex 4-1, and Johnny have 
bought a house in Falls Church. Virginia, 
where he is still with the War Department. 
Cyn Harrison Drinkwater is living in Hing- 
ham, Massachusetts. Brownie is out of the 
Navy and back at the bank there. 

In the middle of winter, we can all envy 
Lucy Lloyd, who is off to Trinidad for a 
two month vacation. 

I know you all will be saddened by the 
death of Winifred Vass last August 2, 1946. 
The news came as a complete shock tj 

5-Year Reunion, June, 1947 

Class Secretary; Catherine Coleman, St. 
Anne's School, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Fund Agent; Ann Hauslein (Mrs. Thomas 
G. Porterfield) , 262 Kent Road, Wynne wood, 

My postals have for once brought forth 
some replies, although there are still some from 
whom I hope to hear. 

From one of my "children" from Charles- 
ton, I hear that Sally Sehall Allen is the proud 
mother of William Kent Allen, Jr., who was 
born the 17th of October last. 

Other proud mothers and their offspring 
are: Florence Gillem Pressly, son James Boyce, 
Jr., born July 2, 1946; Ann Hauslein Potter- 
field, daughter Ann Dawson, born September 
23; Mary Ellen Thompson Beach, son, Rob- 
ert Thompson, born November 2 S ; Bstsy 
Chamberlain Burchard, daughter Elizabeth 
Rockwell, born November 19; Margie Trout- 
man Harbin, a second son, Henry Troutman, 
born December 1 1 ; Mary Stone Moore Ruth- 
erford, a daughter born in November; Jane 
Taylor Lowell, daughter Joan Diane, born 
November 1 1. Jane also has a little boy, 
Bobby, who is now eighteen months old. This 
paragraph reads like the genealogical portions 
of the Bible, I know, but at least you will 
all be able to see how the ranks of '42's 
young are increasing. I am also not sure 
whether the birth of Thomas Daniel Da vies, 
Jr., on the 27th of March (1946) was ever 
reported. The parents are, of course, Tom 
and Eloise English Davies. 

Among recent weddings of the class was 
that of Laura Graves and Gordon Price 
Howell. They were married in Lynchburg, 
December 21, 1 946. From the newspaper 
I have gleaned the information that Gordon 
is from Charleston, South Carolina. Any 
further details will be welcome. Also among 
the not -too- long-ago weddings are those of 
Sue Brat ten, who was married to Johnston 
Cooper Adams on October S, and of Dorothy 
Ann Myers and Dr. Robert Page Morehead 
on May 1 8. Sue and her husband are now 
living in Memphis, but that alas! is the 
extent of my information. Dotty Myers, 
however, is one of the kind souls who wrote 
in answer to my card. She and Bob are living 
in the Twin Castle Apartments, in Winston - 
Salem. He is a pathologist and teaches in the 

Bowman Gray Medical School. For their wed- 
ding trip they went to Sea Island and then 
to Hot Springs, Virginia. On the way back 
they stopped at Sweet Briar, and found 
Franny Caldwell Harris there for Bacca- 
laureate. Dotty reports that she looked 
grand and is now living in Louisville. Also 
living in Winston-Salem are Elsie Dlgges and 
Sam Orr, who have "two darling little boys." 
By the grapevine. Dot adds the information 
that Sudie Clark Hanger and Bill now have 
three children, of which the latest is a boy. 

Doris Ogden Mount crashed through with 
a letter, telling all about Johnnie, her son, 
who was seven months old last November. 
At that time Oggie had her hands full trying 
to keep him from walking off, play pen and 
all. From Oggie I also learned that Jessie 
Marr Strahmam and her husband have been 
busily erecting a new house on an old foun- 
dation, which fact makes it rate as a not- 
new house and thereby facilitates matters. 
(You figure it out). 

Annie Hauslein Potterfield is naturally tak- 
ing up all of her time caring for young Ann 
and the affairs of domestic life, but she has 
managed to see Dougie Woods Sprunt and 
Eugie Burnett Ariel, both of whom are now 
living in Philadelphia. Eugie is now president 
of the Philadelphia Alumna; Club. Annie 
also had Betsy Gilmer and Mike Tremain as 
her guests in the fall. And, for my part, I 
can report that Betsy's Carolyn is as cute 
as she can be. Betsy and Mike are now living 
here in Charlottesville, and they have man- 
aged to fix up a most attractive house. 

Arkie King wrote, reporting nothing of 
herself, but she did say that Vive Walker 
Montgomery and her little boy have now 
moved to Columbia, Missouri, where their 
husband and father will be at the Universitv 
of Missouri for the next three years. Arkie 
also revealed that she had received a doll 
from Jan Darby, who is now in Tokyo with 
the Red Cross. 

Daph Withington also wrote that she had 
news of Jan, whom she had seen at the 
Banker's Club in Tokyo. In addition. Daphne 
saw Betty Dunn in Manila, when she was 
returning from a two month stay in the 
United States. From all indications Daphne 
seems to be back in Tokyo and is, of course, 
still with the Red Cross. From Shirley 
Hauseman's card I note that she, Daph again, 
is to be in the Pacific area for another year. 
Shirl, unfortunately, reports nothing of her- 

From Williamsburg, Virginia, comes word 
that Polly Peyton Turner and her twin daugh- 
ters are still waiting for the "Houston" to 
settle down. She and Carol are praying for: 
1 ) shore duty, 2 ) a new car. 

In spite of the fact that Ruth Hensle^ 
and John Cam bios are now living here in 
Charlottesville, and practically at my door, 
I have yet to see them, and Ruth's note an- 
nouncing her arrival gave no other informa- 
tion. I have seen Mimi Galloway Manire, who 
is working at Madison Hall, while Jim studies. 
And also working here in Charlottesville are 
Toppin Wheat, who is running a nursery- 
school, and Penny Lewis, whose locus operandi 

February, 1947 


is the University Library. Penny and I had 
been expecting a visit from Koran Smith, but 
she departed for San Francisco before she 
managed to get here, so we are still waiting. 

A Christmas card from "Slug" Sanford 
reveals she is back in Dallas after her sojourn 
with the Marines, and she has promised a 
letter at an early date. Hops she remembers. 

Still with the War Department is Jean 
Hamer, who hopes that by spring her services 
will have become unnecessary so that she 
can get to reunion. Let's hope that we all 
make it! Jean is still living in Cincinnati. 
Another ex'42, Betty Durfield, writes that 
she is teaching in New York City and loves 
it, though the living is ghastly; however, she 
had landed a sub-let just before Christmas, 
which should improve conditions. 

After having been in Virginia throughout 
the war, Rufus Pierson and Ted Fischer have 
now settled in Glendale, California, and much 
to their delight, they have even succeeded in 
buying a home. Others who have reported 
their whereabouts and not much else are 
Margaret "Flush" Gwyn, who is living at 
home in Houston and Lois Hussey, who still 
lives in Oyster Bay and is now working at 
the Museum of Natural History. Why not 
send details? To end with my most recent 
letter is to end with news of an engage- 
ment — that of Jean Hedley to " James H. 
Currie. They plan to be married in May, 
and will live in Southport, Connecticut. She 
too, promises to write more later. 

Remember the fund; remember reunion in 
June, and right now, remember me! that 
April letter comes so soon. 


Class Secretary: Clara Eager, Charlesmead 
Road, Govans P. O., Baltimore 12, Maryland. 
Fund Agent: Karen Kniskern (Mrs. Robert 
White), 98 S Memorial Drive, Cambridge, 

This time I am making no attempt to or- 
ganize my usual heterogeneous material with 
those far-fetched connecting links, but will 
see how it works alphabetically. So, to begin 
with — "Ouija" Adams Bush is living in 
Montclair, New Jersey, and Brooks Barnes has 
gone to Honolulu, where Louise Peak is too. 
Nancy Bean has spent two weeks away from 
her job with Life to visit Pat Kobineau Van- 
devere's sister in Florida and try to counter- 
act the work of nasty old sinus on her con- 
stitution. In February Pat herself moved to 
Miami for good. She and Bill have bought 
a house! By the way, did you see the author's 
acknowledgement of help from Beanie in the 
Book-Of-The-Month Club's selection, "Thun- 
der Out of China"? 

After a 3 year silence I had a card from 
Skip Brachcr O'Connell telling me mostly 
of a very important addition to her family — 
Michael Wilson, born on October 24. Be- 
sides trying to handle this situation Skip has 
moved into her new house. She said she had 
heard from Dot Long Cousins who is now 
living in Austin, Texas, and trying to keep 
up with her 2 year old son "one of the 
toughest characters she has ever met." 

Alice Chamberlain (ex* 43 ) was married 
September 6 to John Doster Lamar. They 
are living in Montgomery where he is the 
engineer in charge of radio station WMCM. 
Mary Carter Richardson has a daughter, 
Catherine Carter, born October 23. I saw 
Didi Christian's brother this fall and found 
out that she is working — and also playing — - 
in Washington, D. C. And a Christmas note 
from Janie Findlay revealed that she is still 
with me in the ranks of the unemployed. 
However, she did do personal shopping in the 
Christmas rush and also acted in an ama- 
teur production of "George Washington Slept 

Janice Fitzgerald will be married on 
March 8 to James A. Wellons, Jr., a lawyer 
in the hometown of Smithneld, North Caro- 
lina. Dorothy Friday was married in Janu- 
ary to William S. Cassilly. 

The news from the G's is babies — one 
apiece for Charlotte Gar be r Rudulph and 
Frances Gregg Petersmeyer. Cha's son, John, 
Jr., was born last July but somehow this new 
issue didn't make my last issue. Gregg had a 
daughter, Susan Calhoun, on November 5. 

Esther Jett reports that Carolyn Miller 
McCUntock and Gales have finally moved in- 
to a new apartment after months of camping 
on the Millers. Margaret Swindell Dickerman 
and Paul have also just settled in their own 
home where Sally Dick has a grand time 
crawling from room to room. I have not 
been very fully informed about this child but 
I gather that she is now approximately 9 
months old and I'm sorry I couldn't tell you 
all about it before. Esther said, too, that 
Anne Mitchell has announced her engage- 
ment to Dick Roberts but doesn't know 
when the wedding will be. Esther herself 
sounds very gay and says she finds college 
week-ending again is great fun and a good 
way to see many Briarites. I myself was most 
disappointed at the Virginia-Princeton game 
to miss at least 15 of you by sitting on the 
wrong side. I did see Virginia Beasley and 
Brae Preston, both looking grand. 

Chesley Johnson is now Mrs. James Amer- 
man Dale — as of some time last summer. Sal- 
ly Lerner married Capt. Alan David in 
Rochester, New York, on September 29, and 
on the same day Nancy Mclver became the 
bride of William Dickman Kemp. 

Beth Die h man Smith, who is frantically 
larger-apartment huntin^ in New York says 
she sees Mary Belle Lee off and on as she 
comes up on buying trips. Mary Belle is now 
a full-fledged hosiery buyer for Garfinkels. 

Anne Mcjnnkin Briber is freezing in Mil- 
waukee and longing for that tired old red 
scarf. Jody Morgan '45, wrote me that Junk 
and Frank had finally found an apartment. 
Junk, Anne Noyes, and Frances Taylor Trigg 
were at Sweet Briar for the inauguration of 
Miss Lucas and all gave enthusiastic accounts 
of the new president. Anne wrote me a long 
letter about it and about the new paint jobs 
in Carson, Senior parlor and the Library. She 
was the representative of the University of 
Kentucky at the inauguration as she received 
her law degree there in June and has recently 
passed her bar exams. Just before her trip 

east she went to Frankfort where she was 
sworn in and presented to the Court of 
Appeals. Anne also told me that Anne Tweedy 
is married to Phil Ardery, an attorney in 
Frankfort who ran in the last Democratic 
primaries for Senator from Kentuck". 

I saw Fay Martin Chandler briefly on her 
way to Norfolk where she is depositing daugh- 
ter Douggie while she moves into an apart- 
ment in Brookline, Massachusetts. Al is under- 
going the rigors of working for his Ph.D. 
at Harvard. Fay sees Nancy Pingree Drake 
and Tookie Kniskern White in Boston. Ping 
had a very exciting holiday present — a son, 
David Hadley, born December 17. 

Down Norfolk way Byrd Smith Hunter 
beat Ping by about 10 days. Her daughter, 
Carter Byrd was born December 8. Seems 
like the class of about '67 should be prettv 
well stocked with alumna; daughters. 

And to wind things up with a bit of the 
extraordinary, Betty Wecms Wcstfcldt is 
about to graduate from the University of 
Colorado with a Sweet Briar degree. She has 
been taking courses while Pat finishes law 
school. No easy task, I should imagine, with 
two bouncing boys to rear on the side. 

I am sure you all join me in expressing 
deepest sympathy to Frances Taylor Trigg, 
who recently lost her mother. 

News about me? I'm off on my first skiing 
expedition. Best send further communica- 
tions c/o North Conway Hospital. 


Class Secretary; Connie Sue Budlong, Box 
181, Occupational Therapy Department, Ken- 
nedy V. A. Hospital, Memphis 15, Tennessee. 

Fund Agent; Marion Shanley (Mrs. Wil- 
liam L. Jacobs), Box 41, Newport, Arkansas. 

Notes on Christmas cards are the nicest 
things! Caught up with several of '44's lost 
lambs that way. Most exciting was a card 
from Mary Jane Brock who has been attending 
the" University of Geneva in Switzerland since 
October. It will be grand to hear about her 
trips to St. Moritz and about her "native 
family" when she returns this summer. 

West and Helen Cantey Woodbridge have 
finally found a hat-hanging place — in a Port 
Washington garage apartment. Another hap- 
pily-housed couple is the Behnkes, Bob and 
Sally Skinner and son, Carl. They have a lake 
edge home in Medina, Washington, which has 
a floating bridge to be crossed to get to Se- 
attle and has millions of blackberry bushes 
and a spare house to rent out! Sally's life is 
a round of housekeeping, keeping up with 
her son, catching mice (!), and skiing on 
Sundays. Bob is working in Seattle and going 
to "taxation school." 

News from the lamented and long -lost 
Chaunce Williams is that she is still in the 
whirl in Richmond and is working in the 
same building as does Hannah Mallory. Bowen 
reports from New York that she is working 
at "Sheltering Arms" on 29th Street and the 
amazing announcement that "Have a family 
of 29, from 14 months to IS years." Staples 
is at the New York School of Social Work 


Alumnae News 

and lias frequent pep talks from Bowen to 
help her spirits. 

Gunner and Paulettc Long Taggert are 
settled in Boston where she is in her element 
directing dramatics at .1 settlement house and 
Gunner is happily being a consulting con- 
struction engineer. They live in a wing of a 
lovely old house. Lucille Christmas Brewster 
and Bill live in nearby Plymouth. Ginny Lee 
Crirnth and Copie Morton are homemaking 
in Baltimore with their latchstrm'g out to all 
comers. They have been visiting Alice Lan- 
caster and Pete Buck in their trailer home in 
Charlottesville. Ginny reported seeing Tom- 
my and I larriet Tai enner Clausen, Hazel 
Vellner Tuttle and her husband. Bill and Jean 
Ryan Kehl are in Wellesley Hills and Jean 
has promised us a long letter soon. Persis Ladd 
is back in the States after her stay in Salz- 
burg; she's another who should submit a full 
report. Snookie Woods Williamson is living 
a hectic life in W'innetka and spoke at the 
Sweet Briar Day luncheon in Chicago. Dune, 
who ignores me, is doing a marvelous job of 
organizing the alumnae in that section, I hear. 

Typically a la Boericke was her two-year 
Christmas card. It started at Nichols General 
Hospital in 1945 and ended at home in 1946, 
with nary a break in continuity. Bea is re- 
converting to a civilian by relaxing and 
Nurses' Aiding in the Philadelphia Naval 
Hospital Maternity Section, but yearns to re- 
turn to her beloved P. T. We have had sev- 
eral patients in common. 

I wish you all would send snapshots of 
your offspring, even though we haven't yet 
reached the 5-year mark. We have more and 
more babies: 5 daughters that I know of are 
— Marian Shanlcy Jacobs' born August 31, 
named Elizabeth Conner; Alice Johnson Fes- 
senden's Faith Trimble, born October 3 1; 
Betsy Bryant Robb's little Elizabeth Walker; 
on December 4 came Catherine Ttft Porter's 
namesake; and Sharann was born 'uly 8 to 
Mimi Ethridge Booth. 

And of course there have been several wed- 
dings. Anne Hynson was married December 
28 to Ellis Samuel Rump, Jr., and they are 
living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Helen 
Crump married John Milton Cutler Septem- 
ber 1 1 and they are in Macon. Susan Somer- 
vell married Lt. Commander John Wool Gris- 
wold, U. S. N. R. December 20 and they 
are looking for a spot in New York City. 

From Virginia Noyes comes this account, 
"I am teaching 12 hours and taking 6; plus 
having a Girl Scout troop and being treasurer 
of the dorm, so I'm pretty busy. It's loads 
of fun, though, and 1 do love Madison and 
the University." 

Lulu Sadowsky has just illustrated a book! 
It is "The Care and Feeding of Friends", an 
amusing treatise of recipes and light-reading, 
by Tracy, published by Viking. 

Nancy Eagles O'Bannun and Whitney are 
m a pre-fabricated house in Louisville. Nancy 
does volunteer O. T. work at Kosair Crippled 
Children's Hospital. Ruth O'Keefe Kobzina 
sent the announcement of June Eist nberg 
Gurnick's new little girl. Wish more of the 
exes would come across with news! Martha 
Lee Hoffman McCoy is teaching at St. Anne's 

School while Mac becomes a lawyer at the 
University oi Virginia. 

The last I heard from Margy Brcndlinger 
she had plans for graduate school about now, 
after having again mastered the fine art of 
being a civilian. Dot Denny will be married 
this spring, according to Barb Clark. Barb 
also sent us the clipping of Mary Coleman 
White's engagement to L. Preston Hollander, 
Jr., of New York. 

Nothing from me except that I had the 
pleasure of meeting Miss Lucas when she 
came to Memphis last month and my usual 
plea — remember that old box 181 is lone- 
some for communiques from you all. 

Class Secretary: Jodie Morgan, 15 38 Quar- 
rier Street, Charleston, West Virginia. 
Vund Agent: Mary Haskins, 901 Oak Street, 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Since the last time I wrote to you I've been 
to Durham to visit Susan Buchanan. I got 
home in time to unpack one day and pack 
up the next and be off to Chattanooga with 
Kagee Agee and Jane Mcjunkin, to take in 
the weddings of Beck Averv and Sarah 
Temple. We got there in time for Ave's spin- 
ster dinner which Mare gave. It proved quite 
educational; Kagee gave us a few hours' talk 
on her experiences at John Powers' and she 
has never been funnier — showing us how to 
stand, walk, turn, sit, and even give a come- 
hither look. Ave's wedding on October 12 
was lovely. Mare Haskins was maid of honor. 
Mil Carotbers Heally, Sarah Temple, and 
Gloria Lupton were all bridesmaids, and oh 
yes, the groom was T-rank Duff. Lyn Dillard 
and Mary Kritser were there for the wedding. 
The Duffs, after a honeymoon in Cuba, are 
living on Lookout Mountain. 

Now for Hcdy Edwards' wedding which 
took place in St. Louis on October 5. Sarah 
Temple was in the wedding and Mcjunk was 
there. Hedy and Joe Davenport were off to 
Hot Springs, Virginia, but back in time for 
Sarah Temple's marriage to Tom (Luke) 
Moore, October 2 6. Mcjunk and I felt ter- 
rible about being at the Haskins household for 
so long, so we decided to give a party our 
last night there, and Jane, a little reluctant- 
ly, carried on in fine Aints and Asses style, 
saying that we had had such a wonderful 
time that we wanted to start a "We Will Re- 
turn Campaign" and since two weddings had 
kept us there for three weeks we thought an- 
other might bring us back — so our candi- 
dates for this campaign arc — and with that 
a five-piece colored band with tuba and drum, 
marched in full blast, and behind them a huge 
banner saying, "Vote for Mary and Jet," fol- 
lowed by Mary and her fiance. Jet King. They 
are to be married in March. They are wait- 
ing for the arrival of Nancy Haskim Elliott 
and David from India sometime in Februarv. 
Jet is with the Fleetwood Coffee Company 
(adv.) in Chattanooga, so he and Mare will 
be living there. 

More wedding bells have been ringing for 
the class of '45 all over the country. Elaine 
Krause was married to Lt. William Kelty. Jr., 

in the post chapel at Fort Banning, Georgia, 
last August and they arc living in Columbus, 
Georgia. Dcedee Enright was in the wedding. 

Jerry Dean Cornell was married Decem- 
ber 2 1 to Thomas Lucas Means of Charles- 
ton, South Carolina. He is director of pro- 
motion and publicity for Station WOL in 
Washington, D. C, where they are living. 

Doreen Brugger was married November 2 
to Dr. Car! Paul Wet/ig. Ann Bower and 
Marian Keddy were there for the occasion. 
Deen and Paul live on Staten Island. 

Leila Burnett was married December 12 to 
George Felker, III. They have an apartment in 
Danville where George works for the Dan 
River Mills. 

Ann McLean was married to Lt. Gilbert 
Loomis, Jr., on December 14 in Alexandria, 
Virginia. They are living just down the 
street from Lyn Dillard. 

Betty Healy became Mrs. Gordon B. Cut- 
ler December 21. Perk Traugott, Lovah Will- 
cox, and Steve Nicolson were all there. Betty 
and her husband are in Cincinnati. 

Ruth Longmire chose the day before 
Christmas to be married to Willard Wagner, 
Jr., in Temple, Texas. They arc living in 

Huldah Eden and T. Haller Jackson. Jr.. 
were married in Orange, Virginia, on Decem- 
ber 28. Their home is in Lexington, Virginia. 

Peggy Booth selected January 4 to be mar- 
ried to Major Henry Pierce. Three davs later 
Betty Carbaugh became Mrs. James Mann. 
I die Page Gill and Ellen Dodson were in 
Chattanooga for the occasion. 

Edith Farr was married to Jack Elliott 
from Richmond, on January I I. He was an 
air force captain and has returned to the 
University of Virginia so they are living in 
Charlottesville. Nancy Feazell Kent and Jinx 
Gans were in the wedding and Bunny Gray 
Wilson and Georgia Ellis were there. 

Margaret Steinhart is engaged to Reginald 
M. Rowe and Jean F. Port man's engagement 
to David B. Allen was announced December 
20. So the weddings will continue for a while! 

Mary Herbert Taylor claims to be living at 
the North Pole or a reasonable facsimile. Ed 
is with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minne- 
sota, and Mary's latest venture has been 
learning how to ski. 

Lib Loie Orth and Charlie have moved to 
Greensboro, North Carolina, and took a short 
trip to New York not long ago. 

As for our career girls, Martha "Chips" 
Lowsley and two other girls have been in 
charge of the Medical Society's Veterans' 
Service in New York City. (See story in this 
issue of the Alumnae News). A note from 
Chips tells of her other activities — as it the 
work were not enough. She is attending classes 
at the New School in Greenwich Village, 
working for her degree in psychology. Chips 
lives with 2 other girls in what they call 
"The Tenement'* on 3rd Avenue. She added 
in her letter that Jane "I omlinson had had a 
and two poems published. One story 
concerning Chip's and Jane's work at the 
I [art ford Retreat won a prize in a large 


February, 1947 


Jean Ridlcr is taking a course in technical 
Russian at Princeton and after 5 lessons the/ 
read aloud from Tolstoy. Chickie Chidester 
has finished her year of training and is now 
.1 full-fledged laboratory technician. She was 
in New Orleans for two-weeks study at 
Charity Hospital. Margie Koonce was there 
for one week-end during which they saw 
Betty Grayson Geer. Betty is doing graduate 
work at George Washington University and 
research at the Library of Congress. Steve 
Nicolson has a job with British Overseas Air- 
ways. She has a British boss and spends her 
time taking dictation, planning trips and par- 
tics for visiting nobility, and last summer ar- 
ranged a trip to London for our Miss Glass. 

Gearheart was unemployed for two months 
but went back to TWA the day after Christ- 
mas. Diddy Gaylord is still teaching school. 
Mar) - Symes has returned home from South 
America at last. She went to see Diddy and 
Gearheart and Zu tor a grand rehash and now 
is in Baton Rouge with her family. 

Ann Dickson is studying at the University 
of Paris on a graduate fellowship. What a 
wonderful chance for Dick! Edle Page Gill 
was in New York for 6 weeks this winter 
taking a course on how to mould and fit con- 
tact lenses. While there she saw El Gilliam 
and Tib Force, who are studying at Columbia 

Hugh and Pani Mat/on Williams are in 
Philadelphia where Hugh is studying medi- 
cine and Pani is teaching Spanish — both at 
the University of Pennsylvania. Mcjunk has 
a grand job as receptionist for the United 
Carbon Company here. In the evening*; she 
and I have been taking sewing lessons. 

Audrey Betts gave up her job in October 
and is right hand man for all her relatives 
and friends for a while. She saw Ginny Ber- 
rier, Deen Bruggcr Wetzig, Diddy Gaylord, 
Anne Bower, and Ann Warren at the Sweet 
Briar luncheon in New York. She had a chat 
with Bitty Gray who was on her way 
through New York. Betty is working at a 
sanitarium in Connecticut and finishes her 
occupational therapy training in June. 

Lovah Willcox had such a gay holiday 
season in Norfolk that she's off for a few 
weeks in Florida to rest in the sun. L"*n Dil- 
Iard and Leila Barnes are also driving south 
this month. 

I had a long letter from Mary Kritser at- 
tempting to bring us up to date on the Lone 
Star State. To go back a few years — Rose- 
mary Harwell, Ann Richey, Gloria Lupton, 
Betsy Smythe, Susie Thomson, and Kritz all 
graduated from the University of Texas. 
Sadie Gwyn transferred to Rice and made 
Phi Beta Kappa. Susie went on to Parsons in 
New York to study art. Ann Richey mar- 
ried Laurie Oliver last March and they are 
living on a ranch near Lampassas, raising 
sheep and "-oats and Ann is diligently mak- 
ing butter. Sadie Gwyn Allen was married 
in the spring of '45 and is living in Hous- 
ton. Bev Turner is returning to Houston after 
finishing at Barnard. Kritz has been taking 
flying lessons and last week she soloed. 

Before ending, there are a lew young people 
you should meet: Betsy is the 9 months old 
daughter of Liz Joseph Boykin and Raymond. 
Diane Dale is Dale Say lor Hull's little girl, 
born December 13, 1946. Capt. and Mrs. Hull 
are living in Arlington, Virginia. Anne Stuart 
Pinnell also arrived in December. She is the 
daughter of Franny Bickers Pinnell and Buck. 
A Christmas note from Bicky says that they 
are living in Richmond and Buck entered 
law school the first of the year. Robert Bry- 
ant, son of Bob and Tutti Hall Peckham was 
born on January 1 , and the latest introd ac- 
tion is to Esther Cunningham Shay's son, 
born January 2 5. Husband Bob is teaching 
economics at Sweet Briar the second semes- 
ter of this year. 

Well, gals, anytime any of you have a pen 
in hand and an extra penny post card, just 
remember, I'd love to hear from you! 

1st Reunion June, 1947 
Class Secretary: Dorothy Corcoran, 4545 
Ortega Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida. 
Fund Agent: Dorothy S. Caldwell, 4707 
Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida. 

More wedding bells are chiming with the 
New Year. First bride of the year was Anne 
Owens, who married Lt. Commander Rich- 
ard Mueller in Norfolk on January 18. Dick 
left for the Mediterranean on the USS Leyte 
around the first of February, and when he 
returns in April they will probably live in 
Newport, Rhode Island. Martha Tittering ton 
became Mrs. Daniel Graham Reid on Febru- 
ary 7 in St. Louis. A reception at her home 
followed the wedding. Twitter announced her 
engagement at a luncheon in December. 

Leila Fellner's wedding took place Decem- 
ber 21. She was married to David Joseph Piel 
in Dwight Memorial Chapel at Yale and is 
living in New Haven, Connecticut. David is 
finishing college after his 3 years service in 
the Marines. Julia Jerman is now Mrs. Thomas 
D. Neal, Jr., and living in Richmond. Peggy 
Brink has become Mrs. Leo G. Feuer, Jr., and 
lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

Anne Hill will wed Griffith Edwards (son 
of Dr. Preston H. Edwards, former profes- 
sor of physics at Sweet Briar) on March 1 
in Amherst. Charlotte Sprunt's wedding will 
be on April 26 and Lee Stevens writes that 
Mary Jane Lively will marry Leslie on Feb- 
ruary 15, but further particulars I have not. 

Members of "this season's debutante coterie" 
are: Flo Cameron in San Antonio, Ellen Rob- 
bins in Houston, Al Eubank in Waco, and 
Jo Thomas in New Orleans. 

Rosie Ashby writes from Norfolk that she 
has been teaching kindergarten and in Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida, Eleanor Myers is doing 
the same. Candy Greene has a fascinating job 
with "Newsweek" in New York. Boots Tay- 
lor is doing social work in Norfolk. 

Polly Vandeventer is contemplating a pos- 
sible trip to Europe in June. Scheduled for a 
visit here soon are Lee Stevens and Shields 
Jones, on their way further south. Betsy 

Bowman says that New York is worlds of 
fun. She's working tor Eastern Air Lines at 
La Guardia Field ami uses her romance lan- 
guages major in interpreting. 

Dottie Sue Caldwell visited Alice Eubank 
before Christmas. (The psych, majors u .// 
get together). Dottie is working with spastic 
children in Tampa. Corinne Klemm says she's 
"having a glorious time seeing the United 
States and Sweet Briar girls." She spent the 
holidays in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Jimmy Mart Kurz, in New York, is doing 
research work for an advertising agency. Her 
ex-roommate, Palmour Holmes Mclntyre, 
spent Christmas in Atlanta and now she and 
Pope are back in Athens. He is in law school 
at the University of Georgia. Jane McRae 
Schroeder has moved into a new apartment 
in Savannah. Jane is mental testing for the 
Veterans' Administration and Aage is in the 
real estate business. Sam and Ann Atkinson 
Keever have moved into a new home in Ennis. 

Wheats Young is working with her mother 
in Hartford, Connecticut, buildin - homes 
for veterans. She's off to Europe in the 
spring (lucky girl!) where she hopes to see 
Patty Traugott and the other S. B. C.'ers in 
Edinburgh, Ann Dickson and Jane Lawrence 
in Paris, as well as Caroline Rudulph and 
Mary Lou Hoi ton in Geneva. Larry Law- 
rence, incidentally, is spending this year at 
the University of Paris on a graduate fellow- 

Allison Buchanan has returned to her na- 
tive Scotland and may be reached at this ad- 
dress — Whinfell, Broom Road, Newton 
Mearns, Glasgow, Scotland. 

Rudy and Mary Lou have kept me very 
well-informed on their activities in Geneva. 
Rudy spent Christmas in Bremen with her 
brother William, who is stationed with the 
occupation forces there. She went to Bre- 
men on a train that was run especially for 
army children in school in Switzerland. The 
trip took 4 days of arduous traveling. She 
says it was fine though after she reached her 
destination and she was charmed with the 
to Paris for Christmas and visited Dickie and 
Larry. They went to midnight mass on 
lessons. She plans either to take a job soon or 
mediaeval atmosphere of Bremen. Lou went 
Christmas Eve at Notre Dame and during the 
ccurse of their holiday they saw Sartre's new 

Berrha Lee is in New York taking voice 
to continue educating herself with courses at 
Columbia. Joan Berend Morse is working in 
her father's public relations office in New 
York and writing children's stories in her 
spare time. The first to be published will ap- 
pear this spring in the magazine "Calling All 
Kids." Florence Taylor is also working for 
her father. She's secretary and treasurer in 
his real-estate office in Jacksonville. 

Do keep me posted on all your latest ac- 
tivities for there is always another issue of 
the News just around the corner in April. 
Remember that our first reunion comes in 
four months! 

Arcade Between Gray and Academic 


Sweet Briar 


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April, 1947 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Clubs and Their Presidents 


Wilmington: Miss Virginia Wcllford, '3 9, Box No. 3 51, Greenville. 

(Includes Washington, D. C, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Silver Springs, Mary- 
land): Miss Margaret Banister, '16, Stoneleigh Court Apartments, Connecti- 
cut Avenue and L Street, NW. 


Jacksonville: Miss Helen Murchison, '46, 3790 Ortega Boulevard. 

Atlanta: Mrs. Charles Yates (Dorothy Malone '42), 1355 Peachtree Street, NE. 


Chicago: Miss Barbara Duncombe, '44, 97 Indian Hill Road, Winnetka. 


Lexington: Miss Anne Noyes, '43, 221 Sycamore Road, zone 30. 

Baltimore: Miss Clare Eager, '43, Charlesmeade Road, zone 12. 


Boston: Mrs. Homer D. Jones (Helen Cornwell, ex-'40), 15 56 Massachusetts 
Avenue, Lexington. 


St. Louis: Mrs. George A. Phillips (Janet Lee Appell, ex-'43), 1346 McCutcheon 
Road, zone 17 

Northern New Jersey: Miss Gerry Mallory, '33, 169 East Clinton Avenue, 

Princeton: Miss Betty Braxton Preston, '43, 22 Dickinson Street, Princeton. 


Long Island: Mrs. William H. Gengarelly (Dorothea Loebman, '35), 23 South 

Elm Street, West Hempstead. 
New York City: Miss Audrey T. Betts, '45, 888 Park Avenue, zone 21. 
Westchester County: Mrs. Adrian Massie (Gertrude Dally, '22), Purchase 

Street, Rye. 

Cincinnati: Mrs. John E. Roth, Jr. (Joan DeVore, '41), 313 5 Victoria Boulevard, 

zone 8 
Cleveland: Mrs. Charles F. McGuire, Jr. (Louise Case, '18), 3310 Warrington 

Road, Shaker Heights 20. 
Toledo: Miss Anna Mary Chidester, '45, 2633 Meadowwood Drive, zone 6. 


Philadelphia: Mrs. Herman A. Affel, Jr. (Eugenia Burnett, '42) 7902 York 

Road, Elkins Park. 
Pittsburgh: Mrs. Franklin D. Hoffman (Frances Cordes, '38) 1376 Sheridan 
Avenue, zone 6. 


Chattanooga: Mrs. Gordon P. Street (Ruth Lowrance, '27) 519 Arcadia Avenue, 

zone 3. 
Memphis: Mrs. Harry A. Ramsay (Elizabeth Saunders, '39), 41 South Century, 

zone 1 1 . 

Alexandria: Mrs. Robert E. Latham (Ella Jesse, '33), Episcopal High School. 

Amherst: Miss Mildred Faulconer, '44. 

Arlington: Mrs. James W. Foster, Jr. (Page Ruth, '43), 2717 S. Wayne Street. 

Lynchburg: Mrs. John R. Thomasson (Margaret Smith, '36), 1514 Arrow. 

Norfolk: Miss Ellen Blake, '29, 1309 Stockley Gardens, zone 7. 

Richmond: Mrs. James A. Glascock, Jr. (Adelaide Boze, '40), 2211 West Grace 

Street, zone 2 0. 
Roanoke: Miss Bettv Frantz, '40, 376 Walnut Avenue, SW, zone 16. 






Volume XVI 

April, 1947 

Number 3 

Martlia von Briesen — Helen H. McMahon, Editors 

TheSweet Briar Alumnae Association 


Mrs. Frederic William Scott 

(Elizabeth Pinkcrton, '3 6) 

Bundoran Farm, North Garden, Virginia 

Past President — Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, '3 0) 

Box 54M, Drake Road, Cincinnati 27, Ohio 


Director of Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Edward C. Marshall 

(Edith Durrell, '21) 

6326 Ridge Avenue, Pleasant Ridge 

Cincinnati 13, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Mrs. Stephen Coerte Voorhees 

Windy Hill Farm 

Bedminster, New Jersey 

Executive Secretary and Treasurer 

Helen H. McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Alumna Member of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia W. Griffin, '10) 

5 906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond 21, Virginia 

Alumnae Members, Board of Overseers 

Margaret Banister, '16 
Stoneleigh Court, Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. Richard E. Barnes 

(Elsetta Gilchrist, '27) 

65 15 York Road, Parma Heights, Cleveland 9, Ohio 

Chairman of the Alumnae Fund 

Gerry Mallory, '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey 


Sweet Briar Alumnae Clubs and Their Presidents 

Inside Front Cover 

Alumnae Clubs Are Talking 3 

Liberal Education at Sweet Briar by Miss Lucas 3 

Sweet Briar's Curriculum Today by Mrs. Lyman 5 

Richmond Alumnae Club Project 6 

Here and Now 7 

Change in Requirements for Admission 7 

Student Officers, 1947-48 8 

New Alumnae Secretary Named 10 

Salary and Fee Increases 10 

Letters From Juniors Abroad l o 

To All Former St. Andrews Juniors 11 

In Memoriam n 

Report of Committee for the Revision of the Constitu- 
tion and By-Laws 12 

Class Notes 15 

Members of the Alumnae Council 

Mrs. John H. Cronly 

(Martha Valentine, Academy) 

1416 Park Avenue, Richmond 20, Virginia 

Mrs. Paul J. Kruesi 

(Margaret Thomas, ex '12) 

Riverview, Chattanooga, Tennessee 

M-,s. Frederick H. Skinner 

(Louise Hammond, '19) 

North Shore Road, Algonquin Park, 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Mrs. Homer A. Holt 

(Isabel Wood, '19) 

Cornwell's Beach Road, Sands Point, L. I. 

Mrs. Charles Wadhams 

(Marian Shafer, '21) 

112 Adams Street, Brockport, New York 

Mrs. Adrian M. Massie 

(Gertrude Dally, '22) 

Purchase Street, Rye, New York 

Mrs. John Twohy 

(Grace Merrick, '24) 

44-2 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk 7, Virginia 

Mrs. Fred Andersen 

(Katherine Blount, '26) 

Bayport, Minnesota 

Mrs. Thomas K. Scott 

(Amelia Hollis, '29) 

3 606 Plymouth Place, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. John S. Smith 

(Ruth Hasson, '3 0) 

204 Lingrove Place, Pittsburgh 8, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. John B. Orgain, Jr. 

(Norvell Royer, '30) 

2013 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 

Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown 

(Sally Shallenberger, '32) 

Ashbourne, Harrods Creek, Kentucky 

Mrs. Henry L. Young, Jr. 

(Lida Voigt, '3 5) 

2924 Nancy Creek Road, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 

Mrs. Ralph A. Rotnem 

(Alma Martin, '3 6) 

3 30 East 79th Street, New York 21, N. Y. 

Lucy Ruth Lloyd, '41 
Valley Brook Farm, Downingtown, Penn. 

Mrs. Frank E. Briber 

(Anne Mcjunkin, '43) 

8103 West Bluemound Road 

Milwaukee 13, Wisconsin 

Ri id Hall, Center for Alumnae Activities at Commencement 


Volume XVI 

April, 1947 

Number 3 

Alumnae Clubs 

Liberal Education 

Are Talking 

at Sweet Briar 

SINCE the end of January, when the first faculty- 
alumnae discussion about the curriculum took place 
at Sweet Briar at the time of the mid-winter meeting of 
the Alumnae Council (see the report in the February 
Alumnae News), many groups of alumnae have met 
at least once for the purpose of beginning their re-evalu- 
ation of what college meant to them. From all sides have 
come reports of enthusiastic and heated discussions, with 
requests for more information. 

In accordance with the plan for these discussions, state- 
ments from Miss Lucas and Dean Lyman have been pre- 
pared for distribution to all groups who are conducting 
discussions. Both statements are printed in this issue of 
the News, in hope that alumnae who are not able to join 
active groups will be inspired to put their thoughts on 
paper and send them to the chairman, Mrs. Frederick 
Andersen (Katherine Blount, '26) Bayport, Minnesota. 

Reports of alumnae discussion meetings have reached 
the alumnae office from 2 5 cities, some of which have had 
two or more meetings already. Miss M. Dee Long, professor 
of English, took part in the discussion at Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, during her spring vacation from Sweet Briar, and 
Miss Laura Buckham, associate professor of Romance 
languages, was invited to come to Lynchburg's second 
meeting. Alumnae Council members have also assisted with 
meetings' in many cities. All reports indicate real enthus- 
iasm and concern for the plan and for its purposes, and 
alumnae groups which have been inactive for some time 
have come to life because the members are eager to take 
part in this program. They realize its value for them as 
well as for the college. 

Although the exact number of groups which have started 
the discussions is not known at present, the following have 
sent word of their progress: Alexandria, Va.; Annapolis; 
Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Charlottesville; 
Chattanooga; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Indianap- 
olis; Jacksonville; Lexington, Ky.; Long Island; Louisville; 
Lynchburg; Memphis; Minneapolis and St. Paul; New 
York City; Norfolk; Philadelphia; Richmond; Washington; 
Northern New Jersey; Westchester County, New York. 

At the request of the Alumnae Council, the papers written by 
Miss Lucas and Mrs. Lyman as contributions to the alumnae discussion 
programs are reprinted here for the benefit of the alumnae who do 
not live near cities where alumnae groups are meeting but who are 
very much interested in the entire program and whose participation, 
as individuals, is equally welcomed by Sweet Briar. 

A letter to Suret Briar Alumnae Clubs from Miss Lucas 

SINCE our Alumnae Council meeting last November, 
your representatives on the Council and we here at 
Sweet Briar have been thinking and talking about you 
and your education — and about your college's future 
service to a world in crisis. Since I wrote to you at Christ- 
mas time, I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking 
with many of you. And your Alumnae Council has met 
again at Sweet Briar, this time with members of the 
faculty and staff to ponder together these weighty and 
exciting questions. You have had a play-by-play de- 
scription of this meeting dashed off to you via the 
Alumnae News. You know that a joint committee of 
alumnae and faculty volunteers is now at work to examine 
and evaluate our college's past, present, and future — espe- 
cially in the light of your criticisms and opinions. And 
that's where I come in — and why the alumnae-faculty 
committee has asked me to send you this tete-a-tete, for 
discussion at your next meeting. As a background for 
your critique of Sweet Briar, I have been asked to send 
you my thoughts on Liberal Education at Sweet Briar. 
I'll try to pack my ponderous cerebrations into the first 
few paragraphs, so that those of you whose happy fate it 
is to fix the tea and arrange the olive sandwiches will get 
the full impact before creeping off. 

Of course Mrs. George Burns, nee Gracie Allen, has 
really said the last word on curricular revision for the 
American college. She was asked recently what she thought 
of the Chinese Question. She replied that she really couldn't 
say until she had studied Chinese — because she felt that 
a Chinese question deserved a Chinese answer! 

But now to Sweet Briar and Liberal Education. Our 
college has from the day of its opening been a liberal arts 
college. You as Sweet Briar students have had a liberal 
arts education. The Greeks, of course, had a word for it — 
and gave us theirs. It was Aristotle who in his Politics 
originally defined liberal education as that education which 
makes men virtuous, or, in his meaning, excellent, both 
intellectually and ethically. Aristotle's "liberal education" 
was, as a matter of fact, education for a leisure class; but 
he intended that it should fit a man to employ his spare 
time in a manner worthy of the responsibilities which go 
with privilege. Of course, our social picture has changed 
greatly since Aristotle's day. Instead of the well defined 
categories of gentleman of leisure, artisan, and slave, we 
find in our society today a very much more general distri- 
bution of possessions, privilege — and, of responsibility. A 

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fundamental premise of our system of government-by-the- 
people rests upon the belief that all men — and women — 
can be sufficiently educated to participate in this govern- 
ment. Nevertheless, we have inherited and adapted to 
modern usage the classical distinction between two very 
different kinds of education, liberal education and voca- 
tional training. While much is being said these days about 
their contrasting benefits, they are actually concerned with 
quite different values and could not possibly be substituted 
one for the other. Even during the war, when technological 
and vocational training were so urgently needed, our lib- 
eral arts tradition in education was zealously protected, 
and not only by professional educators. Mr. Wendell 
Willkie, you recall, in that celebrated address at Duke 
University, declared that the liberal arts are "so important 
for our future civilization . . . that education in them 
should be as much a part of our war planning as the more 
obviously needed technical training." In peace time, or 
the planning-of-peace time, the importance of the liberal 
arts goes without saying. Or does it? Sometimes, it's the 
best known term which we least bother to understand. 
And because this particular term, "liberal arts education", 
is of such vital importance to the making of a peaceful 
world, it is important for all of us to understand its 
meaning and its implication for our lives and for society. 

Essentially, a liberal education, as the words indicate, 
liberates our minds. It frees our minds from bondage, 
from bondage to impulse and emotion, from bondage to 
our acquired prejudice and misconceptions. As we gain 
the habit of thinking under the disciplines of liberal arts 
studies, we begin to decide and act in terms of our whole 
personality, in terms of an integration of desires, interests 
and powers, instead of as slaves driven by some over- 
whelming passion, whim, or momentary temptation. The 
practice of thinking serves to coordinate our impulses, to 
organize the various aspects of our personality so that no 
part of us rides roughshod over the rest. We think before 
we act; we have achieved self -discipline. Of course, the 
college is not alone responsible for this first liberation; 
we are indebted to our homes and to other social agencies, 
including religious institutions for helping to free us from 
bondage to our emotions. 

But the colleges do serve as the special means of freeing 
us from the second kind of bondage, that arising from 
ignorance, prejudice, and narrowness of mind. This free- 
dom can only come with a comprehensive view of the 
nature of human beings, our history and our hopes, as 
related to the universe in which we live. A big order, this 
gaining of perspective. What it actually gives us is free- 
dom of choice. Instead of seeing one side of a question, 
we begin to see other possible sides and to base our own 
choice upon a weighing of comparative values rather than 
upon our ignorance and prejudice. Without ths kind of 
perspective, it is not possible for us to direct ourselves or 
others wisely. Unless the people who occupy positions of 
responsibility have such perspective as well as self-discip- 
line, our society must suffer. And the "catch" is, in our 
free, democratic society, that every adult human being 
has the measure of responsibility which goes with his vote. 
Inevitably, if our society is to survive, more and more of 
our people must have the opportunity to get a perspective- 

giving education, as well as the technical training needed 
for vocations. It is the liberal education which enables us 
to make responsible decisions, whether individual or social. 

But how should the college go about giving this much- 
needed perspective? One principle of organization for our 
college work is suggested by the difference between know- 
ledge (the "know-how" of dealing with problems in a 
particular field), and knowledge of results, that is, know- 
ledge of what has already been discovered or achieved in 
that field. Then too, perspective must grow, as our ex- 
perience grows, in two directions, breadth and depth. Per- 
spective in breadth may be achieved through the elemen- 
tary study of various selected subjects representing the 
main fields of human inquiry. Sweet Briar now attempts 
to assure this perspective by its Group Plan, requiring that 
48 of the 120 credit hours necessary for the degree be 
distributed throughout the four groups representing the 
four major fields of knowledge: Languages, Natural 
Sciences, Social Sciences, the Arts. While the time allotted 
to these "breadth" courses is not sufficient to permit in- 
tense and penetrating analysis, it is possible to give a 
comprehensive view and broad appreciation, sufficiently 
emphasizing methods and results to permit us to make 
responsible judgements in the fields. Intensity and pene- 
tration, however, are emphasized in the "depth" portion 
of our plan of study, that is, in the "major" plan. Whatever 
major a student prefers, whether Chemistry, or English 
Lit., or our most recent addition "Psycho-Sociology", the 
purpose is the same. It is to give that student, through 
an intensive and critical study of a limited field of human 
experience, a first-hand experience of thoroughness. It is 
to give a real understanding of the values of verified know- 
ledge as distinguished from opinion, vague generalization, 
and wishful thinking. Of course, the phrase "Ars longa, 
vita brevis" (Classic majors, please translate!) is espe- 
cially applicable to the liberal "arts". The liberal arts 
college, at its best, can only open the doors to the Realms 
of Gold. It can only give us the inspiration and the 
discipline for educating ourselves, the rest of our lives. 

We have been thinking and talking a lot at Sweet Briar 
about what our curriculum should include and how we 
should teach, if this college is to meet the challenge of the 
present crisis in world history. And we want you to think 
and talk together about education and the world and you, 
so that we may be able to have your criticisms and your 
suggestions as we plan for the future of your college. Our 
current catalogue and a booklet published last year en- 
titled "Education at Sweet Briar", which we are sending 
along for you to have at this meeting, will give you a 
picture of Sweet Briar at the present time. Then Mrs. 
Lyman will be sending you, for discussion at your next 
meeting, a paper on "The Sweet Briar Curriculum, Today 
and Tomorrow". 

And so, carry on! — with our collective blessings and 



April, 1947 

Sweet Briar's 
Curriculum Today 

By Dean Mary Ely Lyman 

PRESIDENT LUCAS has already set before you the 
aims and ideals of a liberal arts education and now 
we are to look at our curriculum here to see how Sweet 
Briar is attempting to fulfill those high aims. Miss Lucas 
has pointed out that our group-plan is intended to give 
perspective on the broad vistas of human knowledge; and 
that we provide opportunity for thoroughness and depth 
by a concentration of study in a major field. How do these 
aims make their impact on the Sweet Briar student? 

Let us come to Sweet Briar with one of the members 
of an incoming class, Peggy James. Peggy has stood well 
in her secondary school work. She qualified for admission 
to Sweet Briar and in that very fact has already fulfilled 
one of her high ambitions. In the summer before she 
comes to Sweet Briar she receives a catalogue of Sweet 
Briar and a letter explaining what the work of the fresh- 
man year is like. She receives also the bulletin "Studies 
in the Freshman Year" which contains fuller descriptions 
than does the catalogue of the courses open to her, and 
an explanation of the general plan of the four-year course. 
She learns that social studies, a laboratory science, English 
composition and a foreign language are the usual program 
for a freshman plus one further course of her own choos- 
ing, perhaps art, or music, religion, philosophy, mathe- 
matics or sociology. Perhaps Peggy is one of those who 
"can't do science." Or perhaps "history has always been 
hard for her because she can't remember dates." Or she 
may be one of those who "just can't write" or who "has 
the most terrible time with irregular verbs in French" (or 
any other foreign language). Why should Peggy be asked 
to face up to any one of these difficulties? Why should not 
college offer her the chance to go on with what she knows 
she can do well and likes? "I just loved Miss So-and-So 
who taught such-and-such at my High School," says 
Peggy, "and I know that is the subject I want to go on 
with at college. Why all these others, especially when there 
is one that I just can't do?" 

Peggy hears President Lucas speak on the Liberal Arts 
program in the orientation program of the first few days. 
She also talks with her faculty adviser and begins to see 
how on this more mature level of study some of the fields 
about which she was less keen in high school are truly 
needed in the process of creating an informed mind, a 
mature and responsible attitude, and a liberal and tolerant 
spirit. She may not find it out all at once in freshman 
week nor even in her freshman year, but we hope that 
gradually Peggy discovers her need of the long look back 
that history affords in order that she may gain patience 
and perception for the long look ahead. She begins to 
realize that literature and language can be a real bridge 
of understanding between classes, nations and races; she 
finds that history and the other social sciences may give 
her the perspectives she needs on the norms for life 


Dean Lyman 

today; she discovers that it is worthwhile to study science 
because some first-hand experience of the laws of the 
natural world is a different thing from reading about 
science in a popular magazine or even in a perfectly 
respectable text-book and that she needs that experience 
as a basis for her understanding of the world in which 
she lives. 

Peggy may have many days of dull and uninspired grub- 
bing. She may have some times of discouragement, but 
when the real flash of insight comes, it floods all the duller 
hours with new light. It may come to Peggy when she 
is looking through the microscope at a slide and a new 
comprehension comes of order and design in the natural 
world. It may come in some classroom discussion where 
the larger meaning of an idea takes possession of her, 
and she feels herself a part of a great commonwealth of 
gcod will, building justice and brotherhood for all men. 
It may be in the library as she reads a line of poetry in 
which music and meaning are perfectly matched; or it may 
be through a mathematical formula in whose dependability 
she feels for the first time the law-abiding character of 
the world in which she lives. It may be an experience 
of music in a listening hour, or in her own creative work 
in art or music, that a fresh kindling of her spirit takes 
place. Somehow we hope for this response in her that 
makes her glad to have her own part in the great human 
adventure of learning and living; that makes her want 
to take her place in the great laboratory of human trial 
and error, of discovery and effort. When this quickening 
of spirit comes, Peggy has begun to be rescued from ignor- 
ance and prejudice and half-baked ideas, and like 
"Some watcher of the skies 
When a new planet swims into his ken," 
she is stirred to seek through all her life those "goodly 

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states and kingdoms" of the mind to which her college 
study should be the open door. 

Peggy's first two years at Sweet Briar are designed to 
acquaint her with these goodly states and it may be that 
in them she has some new interest never realized before. 
Miss So-and-So who made her like her special subject in 
secondary school may have opened the way to her major 
field but if so, the other subjects pursued have helped, we 
hope, to make that choice a real and vital one. If perhaps 
some new interest has come, the choice has vitality through 
that very fact. 

Now as Peggy approaches her junior year, come some 
choices as to the method of study to be followed in her 
major field. Peggy may have stood so well in her work 
that she will be eligible to read for honors, and perhaps 
she is strong enough in her techniques of study to enjoy 
the freedom of that more independent type of major work. 
If this is the case, and she is interested to apply for the 
Junior Year at St. Andrews, she may be one of the for- 
tunate two or three chosen for this special opportunity 
for broadening her horizon of experience. 

Whether she reads for honors or not, a junior year 
abroad is now possible in French under the Delaware Plan 
"in Switzerland, in Spanish in Mexico, and in the social 
sciences at Geneva under a plan sponsored bv Smith 
College. Other plans for work in foreign countries are 
shaping up as life in post-war Europe becomes more nor- 
mal, and more varied opportunities for a junior year abroad 
are almost sure to come. 

If Peggy chooses to spend her four years at Sweet Briar 
under the usual plan of course-study, she may choose from 
any one of eighteen fields. If she is interested in the cor- 
relation of two or more fields of knowledge, she has the 
opportunity to follow one of several interdepartmental 
majors which have been arranged. Swert Briar takes pride 
that it was something of a pioneer in working out these 
plans for majors that cut across departmental lines, and 
offer a chance at concentration on some special subject, 
idea, or influence. Whatever her choice of a major field, 
Peggy now seeks the counsel of the chairman of that field 
and plans the work of the two final years under the guid- 
ance of that professor as adviser. At the close of her four 
years she is likely to have a comprehensive examination on 
her major field. For work on the honors plan of study 
this is always the case, and some departments already use 
the comprehensive examination to conclude the major; 
most others will introduce it in 1948. 

What are our hopes for Peggy as she follows this curri- 
culum through? Increased knowledge? Yes, but that is 
fai from enough. Peggy probably comes to Sweet Briar 
at seventeen and is still in some ways a little girl. The 
four years have failed if they have given her only a store 
of facts. Wisdom and maturity, responsibility and a pur- 
pose to be useful in a needy world cannot be taught in 
specific moments of drill, but if they do not come in the 
process of the four years at Sweet Briar, then the purpose 
ot her education has not been fulfilled. Peggy should in- 
crease in maturity through knowing the great things that 
have been thought and said in the past, through the ap- 
propriation of the inherited culture of the race, through 
the kindling of her imagination, and perhaps most of all 

Richmond Alumnae Club Project 

Richmond alumnae of Sweet Briar and Hollins joined 
forces and sponsored a recital by Ernest Mead, Jr., one of 
Virginia's outstanding young pianists, at the Woman's 
Club in Richmond on Tuesday evening, April 8. 

Judging by reports, this first joint venture by the two 
alumnae groups was very successful. Not only was the 
concert well received by critics and by the audience, but 
it gave members of the two groups a chance to work 
together for their colleges. It was also an opportunity to 
give a local artist support from within his own community, 
and its success forecasts other similar joint projects in 
the future. 

through contact with men and women of vision and com- 
mitment to high ideals. The capstone of education is 
spiritual maturity. One student put the need for this phase 
of higher education this way: "They teach us everything 
in college, except how to live." 

So we hope that Peggy is learning at Sweet Briar "how- 
to live." Many of you alumnae have daughters who are 
Peggy's contemporaries or classmates. Do help us out of 
your wisdom and your knowledge of your children's hopes 
and needs to know how to make Sweet Briar do its full 
job for Peggy and her colleagues. 

Some of the questions we are facing today as we plan 
for Sweet Briar you have already discussed. Some you will 
discuss in relation to this little story of our curriculum 
plan. Please let us have your findings and suggestions. 

Perhaps your discussions may lead you to a study of 
your own community — your own schools where Peggy 
and her friends prepare for college. Professor Buckham 
tells me that she has already spoken to Sweet Briar alumnae 
groups in two cities where the discussion of Sweet Briar's 
educational aims has reached out into questions and action 
in the local community — study of the local schools and 
the improvement of education there. There is no better 
focus for educational discussion than that. And whatever 
else comes, you are actually engaging in adult education 
yourselves as you discuss the questions you yourselves 
adopted for study through your council meeting here last 
January. More power to you! 

Additional questions for discussion: 

Is the curriculum plan of Sweet Briar an organic 

unity as you see it? 
Would it be strengthened or weakened by a series 
of core-courses taken by all students here? 
By a larger place for free electives in a given 
student's course? 
Is democracy better furthered by a common ex- 
perience of required work shared by all or by 
a "democracy of choice" in the elective 
Can freedom of thought and speech be harmon- 
ized with the conveying of given ideals for 
personal or social life? 
How can alumnae groups best channel their own 
educational ideals and achievements into 
service to education in their own commun- 

April, 1947 

Here and Now 

SPRING is definitely in the air and on the campus, at 
last, and thoughts are turning to plans for next year 
as well as to final events for this year. Commencement 
takes place on Monday, June 3, and Dr. George F. Zook, 
president of the American Council on Education, will 
deliver the address at Sweet Briar's thirty-eighth annual 
graduation exercises. The Reverend C. Leslie Glenn, rector 
of St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington, will preach 
the baccalaureate sermon on Sunday morning, June 2. 
Details of plans for reunions will be mailed to all alumnae 

Five students have already made definite plans to study 
in foreign universities next year, two at St. Andrews and 
fhree at the University of Mexico in Mexico City. Martha 
Ellen Query, Concord, North Carolina, a graduate of Con- 
cord High School, and Sarah Porter Melcher, Chestnut 
Hill, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Springside School, have 
been chosen to spend their junior year at St. Andrews. 
Martha will read for honors in psychology and Sarah in 
English upon their return to Sweet Briar. Sarah Strickland, 
Cincinnati, a Withrow High School graduate, Joan McCar- 
thy, Glencoe, Illinois, graduate of New Trier High School, 
and Nancy Jones, Jackson, Ohio, graduate of the Columbus 
School for Girls, have been admitted to the Smith College 
Group to spend the junior year in Mexico City. 

Paint and Patches' final play of the year, Dear Brutus 
by J. M. Barrie, was presented on April 11 and 12, under 
the direction of Miss Mary Elizabeth Wilson, and the 
annual spring concert of the Sweet Briar and University 
of Virginia Glee Clubs was given at Sweet Briar on April 
26, under the direction of G. Noble Gilpin of Sweet Briar 
and Stephen D. Tuttle of the University of Virginia. 
Bach's Cantata No. 78, Jesu der Du meine Seele, and ten 
of Brahms' Liebcslieder Walfzer were sung by the com- 
bined choruses and the remainder of the program con- 
sisted of groups sung alternately by the two glee clubs. 

Amherst County Day is scheduled to take place on 
Saturday, May 10, for the first time since 1941, under the 
joint auspices of the college and the local branch of the 
A.A.U.W. Guests are invited to come at 9 a. m. and stay 
until evening, and there will be the usual program of 
events planned for the enjoyment and edification of young 
and old alike, including the Better Baby Clinic, agricultural 
demonstrations, Home Demonstration Club events, games 
and contests for children, swimming and boating, etc. 
Miss Lucy Crawford is chairman this year, assisted by 
Gertrude Prior, '29, as co-chairman. As usual, students 
and faculty and other community members will be called 
on to help take care of the visitors and to aid with different 
parts of the day's program. 

As a stimulus to students interested in teaching and 
as a means of encouraging others to consider entering the 
field, the Personnel Committee held a panel on teaching 
early in March. Three of the speakers at this highly- 
successful venture were alumnae, Nan Powell Hodges, 
'10, Lucile Cox, '36, and Harriet' Willcox, '45. Mrs. 
Hodges, principal of Stuart Hall, presented the point of 
view of secondary school teaching in private schools; 
Lucile, who teaches Latin in E. C. Glass High School, 
Lynchburg, spoke on public high school teaching; Harriet 
told of her work and experiences as a pre-school teacher 
in Miss Turnbull's School, Norfolk. In addition, Miss 
Sarah Daughtrey, Amherst, presented administrative work 
in rural public schools, and Mrs. Monica Owen talked 
about application for teaching positions. Mrs. Owen is 
on the executive board of the Co-operative Teachers 
Agency, New York, and teaches in the Chestnut Hill 
School, Newton, Massachusetts. 

Exhibited in the gallery of the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library during April were 18 water color paintings by Carl 
Y. Connor, professor of English. The paintings represent 
his hobby, which he has pursued for a good many years 
and to which he has devoted considerable study. These 
landscapes, painted in Florida, Virginia, Ontario, and the 
Canadian Rockies, reflect varying moods and seasons and 
the entire show was interesting and pleasing to beholders. 

Change in Requirements for Admission 

The following announcement was issued by the college in November, 1946: 

Sweet Briar College is asking all applicants for admission in 1947 and future years to present the 
Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Entrance Examination Board in fulfillment of the requirement 
of an aptitude test. In cases where hardship would be involved in meeting this requirement the College 
will cooperate with the applicant in making special plans. 

There seems to our Committee on Admission definite advantage in having one common measurement 
of all applicants as a basis of comparison in selecting applicants for admission. The Scholastic Aptitude 
Test commends itself as an excellent test given under controlled conditions consistent with the high 
standards of the College Board. Over a period of years the number of applicants using the Scholastic 
Aptitude Test has increased so that only a small proportion of Sweet Briar applicants were not doing 
so. For these reasons we believe the requirement of the Scholastic Aptitude Test will facilitate fair and 
democratic administration of admissions. 


Marion Bo* i R 

President of Student 


Inducted into office on 
April 10, Marion Bower, 
New York, is the new 
president of the Student 
Government Association, 
successor of Judith Bur- 
nett, Richmond. Editor of 
the Briar Patch this year, 
Meon was president of her 
freshman class. She en- 
tered Sweet Briar from the Collegiate School lor Girls, 
Richmond, holding a freshman Competitive Tuition Schol- 
arship. Her academic record includes Freshman Honors 
and the Dean's List. She has played on her class hockey 
teams and carried off several firsts in swimming meets; she 
belongs to Tau Phi and to Paint and Patches. 

Patricia Traugott 
President of Y.W.C.A. 

Leadership of the Y.W. 
C.A. for the coming year 
was entrusted by student 
vote to Patricia Traugott, 
Norfolk, who is spending 
her junior year at the Uni- 
versity of St. Andrews, 
Scotland. Patty, an out- 
standing student during 
her first two years at Sweet 

Briar, won Freshman Honors and has been named on the 
Dean's List several times. A member of Tau Phi and of the 
French Club, she has on the News circulation staff, vice- 
president of her freshman class, and Y.W. representative 
for the sophomore class last year. 

Maddin Lupton 

Editor of the 
Sweet Briar Nev s 

Editor-in-chief of the 
Sweet Briar News is the 
new title of Maddin Lup- 
ton, Chattanooga, who be- 
gan her new duties several 
weeks ago. Maddin edited 
the Freshman Issue of the 
News two years ago, and 
she has been associate edi- 
tor for the past year. Her 
achievements include: sophomore house president, member 
of Q.V. and French Club, vice-president of International 
Relations Club and treasurer of the Y.W.C.A. next /ear. 
She also acted as the efficient co-head of the Christmas 
Bazaar last December. 

Alice Leigh Reese 

Mai Queen 

Sweet Briar's May 
Queen for 1947, who will 
be crowned on Saturday, 
May 4, is Alice Leigh 
Reese, Petersburg. Chosen 
for the May Court last 
year, Alice's college activ- 
ities include leadership of 
the successful Red Cross 
drive this spring, member- 
ship on the Orientation 

Committee for three years and membership in Q.V. Com- 
bining good looks with athletic ability, Alice has a long 
record of achievements including varsity hockey, varsity 
basketball, class and interclass teams. 

Margaret Ranson 

President of Athletic 

Margaret Ransom Shef- 
field, Atlanta, is the new 
president of the Athletic 
Association. Co-head of 
basketball and star for- 
ward on the varsity team, 
Peggy also played on her 
class hockey teams, carried 
off honors in swimming, 
diving, and canoeing, plays 
a winning game of badminton, is a B rider, and wears a 
Sweet Briar sweater as testimony to her prowess. She is a 
member of the May Court and was assistant chairman of 
the Midwinter dance a year ago. She has also been on the 
circulation staff of the News for two years. 

Katherine Berthier 

President of 
Paint and Patches 

The destinies of Paint 
and Patches will be guided 
next year by Katherine 
Berthier, Monterrey, Mex- 
ico, who started her dra- 
matic career at Sweet Briar 
in her freshman year and 
most recently played the 
role of Margaret, the little 
girl in Barrie's Dear Bru- 
tus. Vice-president of the junior class, head of Misiones, 
winner of Freshman Honors, member of Q.V. and Spanish 
Club, treasurer of Paint and Patches last year, secretary of 
her sophomore class ... all are listed among Kax's interests 
and achievements. 

Ruth Street 

Chairman of 
Funds Committee 

Chairman of the Funds 
committee for 1947-48 
is Ruth Street, Charlotte, 
who has been an interested 
member of the committee 
for two years. A licensed 
pilot, Ruth set the Funds 
Drive off to a flying start 
last October by circling 
over the lawns, strewing 
drive and its aims. Consistently 
., Ruth is also named among win- 
ners of swimming and canoeing events on Lake Day and 
she has been head of archery for two years. 

leaflets telling about the 
found on the Dean's List, 

Elma Lile, Seattle, is the next chairman of the Relief 
Committee, the organization which emerged from the 
War Service Committee and which acts as clearing house 
and instigator of plans for relief projects, aided and abetted 
by the Funds Committee. Dickie, who has been co-business 
manager of the Briar Patch this year, has also been on the 
Neics advertising staff, 
Orientation Committee, 
German Club vice-presi- 
dent, winner of the bad- 
minton tournament for 
two years, vice-president 
of her sophomore class, 
and a canoeist of note. She 
has also worked for P & P, 
most recently as technical 
director for Dear Brutus. 

Elma Lile 

Chairman of 
Relief Committee 

In addition to the students elected to head various 
organizations in 1947-48, the following have also been 
chosen for positions of leadership: 

Student Government 

Vice-president — Westray Boyce, Washington, D. C. 
Secretary — Jane McCaffrey, Scarsdale, New York. 
Treasurer — Patricia Davin, Cleveland, Ohio. 

House Presidents 

Senior — Jane Leach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Sally Davis, Columbus, Georgia. 

Junior — Jean Altschul, Long Branch, New Jersey. 

Mary Goode Geer, Charleston, South Carolina. 
Preston Hodges, Petersburg, Virginia. 

Sophomore — Lacy Skinner, Rye, New York. 


Vice-president — Juanita Minchew, Waycross, Georgia. 
Treasurer — Margaret Woods, Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Secretary — Patricia Cansler, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Athletic Association 

Vice-president — Ann Samford, Birmingham, Alabama. 
Secretary — Margery Babcock, Pasadena, California. 
Treasurer — June Eager, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Paint and Patches 

Vice-president — Betty Johnson, Raleigh, North Carolina. 


Editor — Dorothy Bottom, Hampton, Virginia. 
Business manager — Harriotte Bland, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Sweet Briar News 

Business manager — Nancy Moses, Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Briar Patch 

Editor — Judy Baldwin, Glen Arm, Maryland. 
Business manager — Ann Lane, Washington, D. C. 

Students' Handbook 

Editor — Ann Ricks, Richmond, Virginia. 

Business manager — Peggy Addington, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Social Committee — Chairman, Bess Pratt, Huntsville, 

Orientation Committee — Chairman, Joan Johnston, 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

Choir — Librarian, Carolyn Aubrey, Waynesboro, Penn- 
Senior President — Virginia Wurzbach, New York City. 


Alumnae Neu i 

New Alumnae Secretary Named betters tyrom juniors cAbroad 

Harriet Shaw, '37, has been appointed as the new execu- 
tive secretary-treasurer of the Alumnae Association, suc- 
ceeding Helen McMahon, '2 3, whose resignation becomes 
effective on July 1 . 

Harriet, who is eager to begin learning about the duties 
and opportunities of her new position, will be at Sweet 
Briar beginning May 1. This means that she will have 
a chance to participate in the activities leading up to 
commencement, the busiest time of the alumnae year, 
before she actually takes office. She will be on hand to 
greet returning alumnae and to help make everything run 
smoothly while they are on campus. 

For several years Harriet worked as a salesman in a Wall 
Street investment firm. At the outbreak of the war, she 
became a full-time volunteer office manager and assistant 
to the director of Civilian Defense in Pelham, New York, 
which is her home. An active member of the League of 
Women Voters and other civic organizations, Harriet has 
also been class secretary of 1937 for several years. She 
has recently been head of the Westchester County Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Club. 

Her experience includes graduate studies in the School 
of Business Administration of New York University. Both 
her volunteer work and her business career have given her 
qualifications which will be of real value in her new post. 

While she was a student, Harriet was the editor of the 
Sweet Briar News in her senior year. In addition, she was 
on the staff of the Briar Patch and on the executive com- 
mittee of the Student Government Association, and she 
was a member of the International Relations Club. 

Salary and Fee Increases 

In order to maintain the high calibre of its faculty and 
to give to other employees fair compensation for their 
services in this period of high living costs, Sweet Briar 
this year put into effect salary and wage increases based 
on the results of a careful study made by a special com- 
mittee of the Board of Overseers. 

"It is our earnest hope," said President Lucas in an- 
nouncing the increases, "that by wise use of our limited 
funds, Sweet Briar may be able to maintain and even 
strengthen the calibre of its faculty. This we consider 
to be of fundamental importance for the services which 
this college may render to its students and to the world." 

To meet these advances in salaries and wages, the 
college was forced to raise its fees, effective in September, 
1947. Tuition was increased from $450 to $600 and fees 
for room, board, etc., from $635 to $650, making the 
new total of $1250. 

In taking these steps, it might be pointed out, Sweet 
Briar is doing what other colleges throughout the country 
are doing this year, and for similar reasons. 

What are our undergraduates who are now studying 
in Europe learning about Sweet Briar? How are they ben- 
efiting from their experiences in new environments? 

The following letters, written by Patricia Cansler and 
Patricia Traugott, at St. Andrews, and Caroline Rankin, 
at Geneva, answer some of the questions. 

Sunday, March 9, 1947. 

Your letter arrived a few days ago — at rather a bad time, since we 
are all up to our eyes in exams! Patty and Virginia promise to write 
you as soon as they can find a spare moment, and I am seizing a few 
minutes before bed time to try to answer your questions. 

All three of us have been very interested to compare the work here 
at St. Andrews with that which we did at Sweet Briar. We are fre- 
quently questioned by the students and teachers about our American 
colleges .and universites — most people here are very vague about the 
whole system in the U. S., or have distorted ideas of college life, 
gained from magazines and movies. Another splendid reason for ex- 
change students is to correct these misconceptions! 

The work over here seems more intensive, compared to the 
wide, extensive range of subjects which we cover. Even in the first 
year at St. Andrews the students may carry at the most, three subjects. 
These subjects are of a general nature in the first year — and become 
specialized in the second and third years. The better students frequently 
remain for a fourth year to do honors work. 

The classes are almost invariably entirely lecture, with no class 
discussion at all, which deprives the students of the stimulus and clash 
of ideas and makes class periods more formal and impersonal. There 
is far less student-professor contact here, and there is no advisor system 
for the women students, and only a limited one for the men. We feel 
that this is rather regrettable. The tutor system at Oxford and Cam- 
bridge — rather like our honors system at Sweet Briar — is different. 

The work is really no more difficult. The emphasis is just placed 
on slightly more detailed information about fewer subjects. There 
are rarely explicit assignments made. The professor states the field 
he will cover in his series of lectures and the student is expected to 
do his reading independently — only one theme a semester is assigned — 
rarely to exceed 2,000 words — and the student is not required to use 
foot notes, bibliographies, etc. — even when he uses several books 
as sources. 

The standard of grading is much higher — 60-70 is considered sec- 
ond class work, 70-80 first class, and above that, exceptional! The 
Greek letters, Alpha, Beta, Gamma are used for grading — with an 
elaborate gradation of pluses and minuses. Regular term examinations 
are held at the end of the three terms — and then about two weeks after 
the last term, degree exams — covering all the work for the whole year, 
are held for all students of all classes! 

The attitude toward learning over here is much more serious than at 
Sweet Briar! The students here have a good time and like to play as 
much as we do but they know why they have come to the university. 
It was hard for lots of them to get in. They are well aware of how 
fortunate they are and they work hard to make their time here worth 
while. They take a serious pride in a job well done and are determined 
always to "do better next time." I hope we can learn from them a deeper 
appreciation of education, as well as give them some of our own Ameri- 
can voulh and humour. ~. , ,. _ 

sincerely, 1 at Cansler. 

Wednesday, March 12 

At present I'm on a train bound for the Lake District and so I 
hope this will be readable. I believe Pat explained to you why I am 
late in writing — a matter of exams. I finished yesterday and am literally 
exhausted. I don't believe I've ever worked so long and hard over my 
books. However, I feel that I've accomplished something! 

Ever since I've been at St. Andrews I've been very impressed with 
the serious attitude of the students toward their work. Everyone seems 
to be all out for an education. There's definitely that "intellectual 
vitality" which we've often heard mentioned at Sweet Briar. I'm told 
that this serious attitude has come about mainly as a result of the 

April, 1947 


To All Former 
St. A?idre\vs Juniors; 

Probably each of you is in receipt of a com- 
munication from the "University Halls St. 
Andrews Graduates* Association,'" telling of a 
Jubilee Reunion, a jubilee Prize Fund (scholarship 
for overseas study) and offering, rather diffidently, 
an opportunity to all former University Hall 
residents, whether graduates of the University or 
not, an opportunity to join the Association. 

Any gift to the scholarship fund would be 
appreciated. The annual fee for membership in 
the Graduates' Association is 2 6, about fifty 
cents at the present rate of exchange. 

Would it not be a very good thing for all of 
us to become members of this St. Andrews Alum- 
nae Association? Financially our composite con- 
tribution would be small; judged by other no less 
important standards, however, I feel strongly 
that it would be valued and should be made. 

In case the use of your maiden name and under- 
graduate address has confused the post office, and 
you have not received the notice, dues are to be 
sent to: Miss M. E. Osman, 7 Queens Gardens, 
St. Andrews, Fife. An easy, if somewhat extrava- 
gant way to send 2 6 is to send a one dollar bill. 
Katharine Niles Parker, '3 6. 

return of the ex-service people, who are at the university to get an 
education — and as quickly as possible. 

I've never seen students so keen about studying. Instead of people 
trying to see how little work they can do as is often the case at Sweet 
Briar, they try to see who can do the most work. In such an atmosphere 
one can't help but want to study also. 

I love the courses that I'm taking — British History, Economics, and 
English Literature — although at times I dislike having to go into so 
much detail. But I do like working on my own. We never have assign- 
ments except for essays. But we know what period of history we have 
to cover and what period of literature we have to read. I've just taken 
an exam on Shakespeare — and all the work was done entirely by myself. 
We have no lectures at all on what we were examined. Our lectures 
had been on Hamlet and we couldn't bring in Hamlet on exam. 

Consequently I had to do an immense amount of reading of Shakes- 
peare's plays and about his life, style, etc. Never haviag done much 
before, it was quite a job. Likewise in history, we have to read books 

(of our own choice) and make our own notes although the lecture notes 
arc very important too. 

The work here is on a more mature level than at Sweet Briar. When 
we tell the students about our assignments and tests they just say, "Oh 
that's like school!" By the time they've reached a university, they like 
to work independently. 

The exams I've just taken had questions very similar to ones asked 
at Sweet Briar but since there seems to be a higher intellectual level 
here, the exams are graded more stiffly. Fifty per cent is passing and, 
if you make in the sixties, that's considered quite good. It's very rare 
that anyone makes an eighty. I was ill last December during the exam 
period and so these are my first exams. After I get the results in April 
I'll be better able to judge the relative standard of work required at 
St. Andrews and Sweet Briar. 

Most sincerely, Patty Traugott. 

Geneva, March 1, 1947. 

Thank you so much for your letter, but as for the assignment I 
don't know how good a reporter I'm going to be. There's so much to 
say about Geneva and the University and when you get right down 
to brass tacks, Mary, Weezie and I feel pretty much the same way 
about things in general. 

First of all, the whole attitude and atmosphere is entirely different 
from that of Sweet Briar or any other American college or university. 
There is next to no campus life, due to the fact that no one lives at 
the university itself. The school is divided into various "faculties" 
(fetters, law, medicine, theology, etc.) but almost everything seems 
to take place in one large building. The students range in age from 
eighteen to eighty and consequently we don't begin to know every- 
one. Classes start in the morning at eight and go all day until seven. 
We've just about gotten used to coming home in the dark for dinner 
at 7:30. The classes are large on the whole, and the professor stands 
on a platform to lecture. The students beat their feet on the floor when 
he has delivered an especially good lecture but when they disagree 
they scrape their feet (and that often happens, by the way) ! The 
professors give no assignments, but everyone is expected to read what 
interests him — and that means a trip to the library! It's truly an 
experience to try and get a book out — in the first place, no one but 
the librarian ever sees the books and after a wait of at least 45 
minutes, the librarian returns with something that isn't at all what 
you wanted. So to my way of thinking, the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library has it all over the Bibliotheque Publique et Universitaire of 

All in all, however, we're getting a great deal out of this entirely 
new and different way of life and study. We love Geneva and the 
Swiss people and customs, and find all of the professors excellent in 
their various fields. It's terribly difficult to accustom oneself to decid- 
ing how and what to study after having been pampered and more or 
less spoon-fed at Sweet Briar. But exams are starting a week from 
Monday so we'll see how successful our efforts have been. 

And then Mary and I hope to go to Spain for two weeks — we plan 
to go directly to the south and visit Granada, Alicante, Cadiz, Seville, 
etc., and then meet the group at Avignon for two weeks at the 
Riviera. We're both so excited that it's going to be a real chore to 
settle down and study hard for the fast approaching exams. 
Sincerely, Carolyn Rankin. 

3tt iJfamorumt 

Dr. Katherine Lummis, former dean of Sweet Briar, died March 5 at her home in Philadelphia after 
a brief illness. Miss Lummis came to Sweet Briar as associate professor of Latin in 1917 and a year later 
she became professor. In 1921 she was made Sweet Briar's first dean. She continued as teacher of Latin 
and dean of the college until 1923, when she resigned to go to Wells College, where she remained until 
her retirement in 1936. 

Born in Natick, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Dr. Henry Lummis, former head of the 
Greek and Latin department of Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Lummis was graduated 
from Stanford University and also studied at Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities and the 
American College in Rome. 

Report or The Committee ror the 
Revision or The Constitution and B^-Laws 

Here are the new Constitution ami By-Laws of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. We, the Committee, 
Louise Hammond Skinner, '19, Martha Valentine Cronly, Academy, Norvell Royer Or gain, '10, Grace Merrick 
Twohy, '25, and all the members of the Council who have struggled and narked over them for the past eight month 
wish that we could believe that you mil greet their appearance as avidly as your children do the latest Funny Books or yon 
do the latest edition of Vogue. Houei er we know that By-Laws like Treasurer's Reports, regardless of how important thes. 
are fall under the classification of necessary reading so the most we really can hope is that yon will read these By-Laws and 
go mer them carefully, then cast your vote either by mail or at the Annual meeting of the Association at Commencement. 

There is one important change that we want you to be sure to notice and that is the single slate for Officers and Council 
members. Our last Nominating Committee recommended this but the change was only agreed to by the Council after a 
long and thorough discussion and after consulting innumerable By-Laws of organizations similar to ours. Most of us felt 
that the single slate is the most satisfactory form of election for an organization as large as ours. 

There are no other drastic differences between these new By-Laws and our old ones but they have been reassembled and 
simplified. We hope that if they are adopted they will serve us for years to come. 

Your careful reading and vote are humbly solicited by your 

Constitution and By-Laws chairman, 

Grace Merrick Twohy 



The name of this organization shall be the Sweet Briar 
College Alumnae Association. 


The purpose of this organization shall be to further the 
well being of Sweet Briar, its graduates and former students 
by maintaining and increasing the interests of its members 
in the college and in each other. 



The membership of the Association shall consist of any 
former students of Sweet Briar who have made their annual 
contribution to the Alumnae Fund or hold a Life Membership 
in the Association, issued prior to June, 1933. 

There shall be such officers as the By-Laws may prescribe. 

There shall be at least one meeting a year. 

The By-Laws adopted by the Association shall govern its 
membership, its organization, the duties of the officers, and 
shall contain such other provisions consistent herewith as 
may be deemed expedient in promoting the purpose of the 


This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote 
at the annual meeting of the Association, provided notice 
of the proposed amendment be sent to each member with the 
notice of the meeting. 



Section 1. Personnel 

The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, 
first Vice-President, second Vice-President, and Alumnae 
Fund Chairman. 

Section 2. Duties 

The powers and duties of the officers shall be as follows: 

a. The duties of the President shall be to cause to be 
called all meetings of the Association and Council and to 
preside at same; to appoint a recording secretary for each 
meeting; to appoint the Chairman of the Nominating Com- 
mittee with the advice and consent of the Council; to appoint 
such other committees as may from time to time be necessary 
to carry on the work of the Association or Council and to 
perform such other duties as pertain to her office. She shal! 
remain as an advisory member of the Council without a vote 
for two years following her term of office. 

b. The duties of the First Vice-President shall be to 
perform the duties of the President in her absence and to 
help and advise the Executive Secretary-Treasurer with the 
organization and program of the Alumnae Clubs. 

c. The duties of the Second Vice-President shall be to 
preside at all meetings in the absence of the President and 
the First Vice-President and to perform such other duties 
as may be assigned her by the President. 

d. The duties of the Chairman of the Alumnae Fund 
shall be to perfect and manage the Sweet Briar Alumnae Fund 
organization as provided in the Handbook of the Alumnae 

Section 3. Term of Office 

Term of office for officers and members of the Council 
shall be for two years. No person may remain on the Council 
in an active capacity for more than three consecutive terms. 

Governing Body — Alumnae Council 

Section 1. Personnel 

The Alumnae Council shall be the governing body of the 
Association and this Council shall consist of the Officers of 
he Association, the elected members of the Council, alumnae 
who are members of the Board of Overseers, and, in an 
advisory capacity, the past president of the Association and 
,the Executive Secretary-Treasurer. 

Section 2. Qualifications 

Any member of the Association upon election is eligible to 
■30. a member of the Council. 

Section 3. Duties 

The duties of the Council shall be to exercise general and 
responsible supervision over the affairs of the Association; 
to formulate and plan the work; and it shall be charged with 
the responsibility of carrying out the mandates of the Asso- 
ciation. It shall be authorized to raise money and disperse 
all monies through the Executive Secretary-Treasurer; it 
'shall appoint and remove the Executive Secretary-Treasurer 
with the approval and sanction of the President of the College, 
and prescribe her duties; and it shall elect the Chairman of 
the Alumnae Fund. 

Section 4. Vacancies 

The Council shall have the power to remove any officer 
3r member of the Council who does not attend two consec- 
Aitive meetings. The Council shall have the power to fill any 
vacancies occurring in the Council between elections by a 
majority vote of the remaining members. 
Section 5. Meetings 

a. Number — There shall be at least one meeting a year. 
Additional meetings may be called by the President. 

b. Notice — Notice of all meetings must be given by mail 
to each member at least two weeks before the date fixed. 

:. Quorum — Those members of the Council present at 
i meeting shall constitute a quorum. 
Section 6. Executive Committee 

a. Members — There shall be an Executive Committee 
omposed of the President, the Vice-President and one member 
if the Council who shall be elected for a term of one year 

py the Council. 

b. Powers — The Executive Committee shall have all the 
cowers of the Council between meetings except that of filling 
/acancies occurring among the officers and members of the 


c. Ratification — The minutes of the Executive Committee 
hall be presented for ratification to the next meeting of the 

section 1. Annual Meeting 

There shall be an annual meeting of the Association to be 
leld at Commencement time at the college. 
section 2. Quorum 

Those present shall constitute a quorum. 
section 3. Special meetings 

Special meetings of the Association may be called provided 
lotice be given one month prior to the date set. 

Standing Committees 
Section 1. General Rules 

a. Chairmen and members of standing committees shall 
be appointed annually by the President except as otherwise 

b. The chairmen of all standing committees shall be 
selected from the members of the Council, except as other- 
wise provided. 

c. The chairman of each committee shall render a written 
report to the Council at the last meeting of the year. 

d. A committee may not incur an expense exceeding 
ten dollars without previous approval of the Council or the 
Executive Committee. 

e. Written reports of all expenses must be made by the 
chairman of each committee to the Council. 

f. Additional standing committees may be added or dis- 
solved by the Council when necessary. 

g. Handbooks used by the standing committees must be 
approved by the Council and may be amended at any meeting 
of the Council by a majority vote. 

Section 2. Standing Committees 

a. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee 
shall consist of the Chairman who is not a member of the 
Council, and at least six members who shall be nominated 
by the Council and elected at the annual meeting of the 

Duties. They shall proceed as set forth in the Handbook 
of the Nominating Committee and shall prepare a slate ac- 
cording to Section VI of the By-Laws. 

b. Committee on Alumnae Clubs. The Committee on 
Alumnae Clubs shall consist of the Chairman and as many 
members as are necessary for furthering the work. 

Duties. It shall promote the work of the clubs and assist 
groups in organizing new clubs, and be guided by the Hand- 
book on clubs. 

c. Alumnae Fund Committee. The Alumnae Fund Com- 
mittee shall consist of the Fund Chairman and as many 
members as necessary to conduct the business of raising 
the annual Alumnae Fund. 

Duties. It shall be the duty of this committee to raise 
funds according to rules as set down in the Handbook of 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Fund. 

d. Committee on Commencement. The Committee on 
Commencement shall consist of the Chairman and as many 
members as necessary to carry on the work. 


Alumnae Office Personnel 

Section 1. Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

The Council shall appoint, with the sanction and approval 
of the President of the college and at a salary approved by 
the Council, an Executive Secretary-Treasurer to be in com- 
plete charge of the Alumnae office and to collect all monies 
due to the Association and make a report of same at each 
Council meeting. She shall be present at all meetings of the 
Association, Council, and Executive Committee of the 
Council and may be a member ex officio of all committees 
except the Nominating Committee. She shall represent the 
Alumnae in the college community and keep the Alumnae 
informed of the policies and activities of the college. 


Elections and Nominations 
Section 1 . Nominations 

a. President and First Vice-President. 

The Alumnae Council shall present to the Nominating 
Committee the name of one or more members of the Asso- 
ciation for President and one or more for First Vice-President. 

b. The Council shall nominate for the Second Vice- 
President the candidate proposed by the outgoing Senior 
Class (the year of election) from the membership of that 
class or the class which preceded it. 

c. The Alumnae Fund Chairman shall be elected by the 
Council in years alternate to the regular elections. 

d. The Nominating Committee shall nominate for election 
sixteen members of the Association to be members of the 
Council as provided in the Handbook, "Rules for the Nom- 
inating Committee." 

e. Additional names for nominees for the officers and the 
Council may be added to the ballot if sent to the Executive 
Secretary-Treasurer accompanied by 1 5 signatures of mem- 
bers of the Association and the written consent of the nom- 
inees within two weeks after the slate is published. 

Section 2. Elections 

Officers and members of the Council shall be elected by 
mail ballot, with the exception of the Alumnae Fund Chair- 
man who shall be elected by the Council. 

It shall be the duty of the Executive Secretary-Treasurer 
to put such ballots in the mail early enough to insure that 
those elected may be notified of their election by the 
Alumnae Office at least one month prior to the Annual 
Meeting of the Association. 

Alumnae Members of the Board of Overseers 
Section 1. Eligibility 

Any graduate of Sweet Briar College of at least 10 years' 
standing, except a member of the faculty of Sweet Briar 
College, the President of the Alumnae Association, the 
Chairman of the Alumnae Fund, and the Executive Secretary- 
Treasurer of the Alumnae Association, shall be eligible as a 
candidate for nomination to membership on the Board of 

Section 2. Procedure for Nomination 

The Council shall ask, by November 1 in the year of 
election, each Sweet Briar Alumnae Club to propose the name 
of an eligible alumna. Such names may also be submitted 
by members of the Association. Names shall be accompanied 
by a biographical sketch and a statement of the alumna's 
qualifications for the office, and must reach the Alumnae 
office not later than January 15. The Council shall consider 
these names and be empowered to add names before choosing 
two alumnae who shall become candidates. 

Section 3. Ballot 

A printed ballot shall be prepared by the Executive 
Secretary-Treasurer and sent to each member of the Asso- 
ciation. It shall show the names of the two candidates, their 
biographical sketches and qualifications. 

It shall show the address of the Alumnae Secretary- 
Treasurer to whom it must be returned and the date and time 
of the closing of the polls. 

The ballots shall be counted by tellers appointed by the 
Executive Secretary-Treasurer. 

The candidate receiving the larger number of votes shaili 
be the nominee of the Alumnae Association to be submitted! 
to the Board of Overseers for election. 
Section 4. Term of office and vacancies 

The term of office shall be for six years or any other length 
of time designated by the Board of Overseers. An unexpired 
term of office shall be filled by the Council, which shall 
submit a nominee to the Board of Overseers for election. 


Alumnae Clubs 

Whenever ten or more members of the Association shall 

organize themselves, according to the rules in the Handbook 

for Sweet Briar Clubs, they shall be known as a Sweet Briar 

Alumnae Club. 

The presidents of these clubs shall be invited by the Council 
to attend one Council Meeting a year in an advisory capacity. 

Section 1. Association expenses 

a. The college in 1937 agreed to provide annually the 
funds needed to cover the operating expenses of the Alumnae 

b. The budget of the Association shall be prepared an- 
nually by the Executive Secretary-Treasurer for approval 
by the Alumnae Council, the President of the college and 
the Board of Overseers. 

Section 2. Alumnae Fund 

There shall be an Alumnae Fund to provide an annual gift 
to Sweet Briar College, to be administered according to the 
rules in the Handbook of the Alumnae Fund. 
Section 3. Fiscal Year 

The fiscal year of the Alumnae Association shall correspond 
to that of the college — July 1 to June 3 0. 


The Association shall maintain a yearly tuition scholarship 
to be known as the Manson Memorial Scholarship. This is to 
be awarded each year by the Faculty Committee on Scholar- 
ships to an upperclass student who is outstanding in her 
academic work and in the community life of the college. 


Sweet Briar Day 

Sweet Briar Day shall be observed by local clubs and Sweet 

Briar groups on December 28 except when December 28 falls 

on a Sunday, in which case Sweet Briar Day may be observed 

on December 27 or December 29. 


Parliamentary Procedure 

Except as otherwise provided in these by-laws, Roberts 

Rules of Order, Revised, shall be the parliamentary authoritv 

of the members of the Association, the Council, and their 



These by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of 
members present at any annual meeting, provided notice of 
proposed amendments be sent to the members with the notice 
of the meeting and that the amendments be ratified by the 

April, 1947 


Class Notes 

3n iUrmnrfam 

Ruth Watkins (Mrs. William Taliaferro), ex 17, March 4, 1947 
Fannie Gwathmey Davis (Mrs. H. B. Harris), ex 18, July 24, ) 944 


Class Secretary: Marion L. Peele, 602 Fair- 
fax Avenue, Apt. 1-C, Norfolk 7, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Margaret Potts (Mrs. Henry 
H. Williams), 120 Ease 75th Street, New 
York 21, New York. 

Congratulations are due the Academy - 
Special group! Not a word of complaint can 
be offered, for in immediate response to re- 
quests, Martha Valentine Cronly, Dorothy 
Wallace Ravenel, and Juliet Parr is Gill have 
my pockets fairly bulging with news of so 
many about whom, doubtless, you have often 

Invitations are out from Vice Admiral and 
Mrs. Lyal A. Davidson (Carolyn Gwathmey) 
to the marriage of their older daughter, 
Judith Ament, Sweet Briar, '41, to Major 
Anthony Walker, USMC, at St. John's Church, 
Washington, D. C, April 12. Carolyn's other 
daughter is married already, and Admiral 
Davidson has retired. They are now living 
at 2909 Thirty-fourth Street, NW, Washing- 

Martha Cronly wrote: "Obedient to your 
order, I have racked my brain for news of 
real interest, but am afraid I'm not going to 
be of much help. Starting with myself, we 
have been back in Richmond in our own 
home since Christmas 194S. John, Jr., returned 
from Japan in February 1946 and is working 
in Richmond. He will be married May 17 to 
Anne Rose, also from here. I spend three days 
each week working at the Valentine Museum, 
as curator of costumes and accessions. At 
the moment we are busy with our annual cos- 
tume exhibit which opens for Garden Week. 
It is to be A Century and a Half of Brides. 

"The January meeting of the Alumnae 
Council at Sweet Briar was a huge success, as 
you have probably heard. We had our first 
educational discussion program meeting in 
Richmond last week; it was well attended and 
there was a lot of interesting discussion on the 
subject of Miss Lucas' letter concerning Liberal 
Arts Education at Sweet Briar. 

"Fannie Miller Williams is again a grand- 
mother; Carrington, Jr., and Emory Gill, '40, 
have recently had a son. "Lib" Cock has been 
spending the past two months in California. 
I was staying with "Greenie" Shepherd (Eliza- 
beth Green, '14) in Washington in late Feb- 
ruary, and saw Florence Cann Seaman, who 
lives in Washington now. I had hoped to see 
Nellie Davidson Thomas, but she fell on the 
ice and broke her leg. You will be saddened 

by the news that Ruth Watkins Taliaferro 
(ex-'17), died early in March. Bill told me 
over long distance telephone that she had 
a heart attack. I see Virginia Robertson Har- 
rison and Mary Johnston Jerman frequently, 
but none of us is doing anything which would 
be exciting in The News. 

News from another direction came from 
Dorothy Wallace Ravenel, Charleston, South 
Carolina, who said among other things: "It 
is rather depressing to think of ourselves as 
grandmothers, but Allen Sinkler Deas, Mary 
Simonds Sparkman, and I are the only ones 
here from the early days at Sweet Briar who 
aren't. Sara Simons Hastie, Sallie Miller Ben- 
nett, Carla Sloan Shackelford, and Elizabeth 
Sloan Mullaly are all enjoying their grand- 
children. I look like a grandmother without 
having the pleasure of being one. 

"At present my two boys are at college. 
They went back when they returned from 
the Pacific and I hope they will get their 
degrees. They are here at The Citadel and 
it's wonderful having them at home. My 
days are taken up with them and my doctor 
husband, and I really should install a steam 
table to take care of the various meals that 
are served at all hours. 

"I hear from Henrietta Washburn, '14, 
and Rebecca Patton, '14, every now and then. 
They seem quite young, doing all the things 
they write about. Bessie Grammer Torre/, 
'13, hasn't been well, but her son writes that 
she is better. Her youngest son was stationed 
here during the war and spent week-ends with 
us. It was so nice having a boy in the house 
when both of ours were away." 

Of course, everybody goes to Washington 
sooner or later, some often, and evidently 
Juliet Gill sees any number of our "old 
girls." She wrote, too, of Nellie Davidson 
Thomas' bad fall on the ice. Nellie is now 
at home, but is in a cast and it will be 
months probably before she is walking again. 
Juliet says Nellie is cheerful and chipper, as 
always, and of course is making the best of 
it. While Juliet and Nellie were together in 
New York in February they visited Margaret 
Cobb Howard for several days at Oyster Bay. 
Juliet said: "As usual, we had a most won- 
derful time in her beautiful home, and Mar- 
garet is as beautiful and gracious as ever, 
more so if possible. Kitty Quinby Castle was 
here not long ago with her husband for her 
I would write you a few items of news 
she had just stepped out of Vogue. She and 
nephew's wedding. Kitty looked as though 
her husband are now in Florida, where they 

go for several weeks each winter. They have 
several grandchildren. 

"Martha Cronly you probably know about. 
She was here not long ago visiting "Greenie" 
Shepherd. She is always full of pep and so 
attractive. Did you know that Delia Lindsay 
Bogart died January 4, in Winnetka, Illinois? 
She had been ill a long time and left a husband 
and daughter, Dale who went to Sweet Briar. 
I saw Emmy Thomas Thomason in Novem- 
ber. She was representing the Red Cross for 
Chattanooga. She is the same old Emmy, 
always good fun, and hasn't changed a bit. 
Her husband was with her and all of us like 
him immensely. I heard from Cynie Magee 
at Christmas; she is living near Philadelphia. 
Jessie Dixon Saylor is pleased with becoming 
a grandmother. Mary Osborne Steeves visited 
Florence Cann Seaman here this winter and 
Greenie said she lunched with them. 

"Mayo Thach Tarpley is a frequent visitor 
in Washington as her mother and brother 
live here. She is sweet about looking up her 
old friends, and is so good looking and attrac- 
tive and full of personality. No doubt you 
know what a name her son is making for 
himself in the movies as Frank Latimore. 
Frances Richardson Pitcher stops several times 
a year, too, on her way to Charleston, West 
Virginia, to see her mother. Frances' real 
home is in Vermont, but she and her husband 
are spending the winter in New York. Eloise 
Orme Robinson has her two boys safely back 
from the war and is happy making a home 
for them again." 

Isn't this a marvelous roll call of familiar 
names? I tried for news of some of you at 
great distances, but without much luck. So, 
won't some of you near Chicago, Cleveland, 
St. Louis, or Los Angeles write me news of 
those of our group whom you see or hear 
from? You can judge from the bits of news 
above how interesting it will be to many 

Class Secretary: (for this issue), Frances 
Murrell, (Mrs. Everingham Rickards), 
North Shore Point, Norfolk 8, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Eugenia Griffin, (Mrs. Charles 
R. Burnett), S906 Three Chopt Road, Rich- 
mond 21, Virginia. 

Although I am not your secretary I thought 
concerning those of us in Norfolk and Rich- 
mond. A letter from Eugenia Griffin Burnett 
says she is leaving this week for a trip to 
Natchez and Greenville, Mississippi. Some of 
you may remember that her second daughter, 


Alumnae News 

Judith Cary, who has been President of Stu- 
dent Government (the second in the family) 
graduates from Sweet Briar this year. 

Annie Cumnock Miller and I had luncheon 
with Marjorie Couper Prince a few days ago. 
We three and Louise Hooper Ewell are doing 
the same old thing, keeping house. While 
Norfolk is not as hectic as it was during the 
war years most of us have to get along with- 
out much or any help. 

My daughter, Frances, class 1944, is with 
me this winter and is taking some mathematics 
at William and Mary Division. 

About two weeks ago the Sweet Briar 
alumnae of Norfolk were invited to hear 
our Dr. B. B. Beard who was guest speaker 
at a dinner meeting of the Quota Club. 
Afterwards we went to Ellen Blake's, '29, 
President of the Norfolk Alumnae Club, for 
more refreshments and a good old fashioned 
party where we all sat around talking about 

If you have any news about yourselves 
or others please send it to me or Eugenia 


Class Secretary: Josephine Murray, (Mrs. 
J. Whitman Joslin, Jr.), 200 West Madison 
Avenue, Johnstown, New York. 

Esther Keller Brown and her mother spent 
last summer with Esther's daughter and 
her family in South America. I will quote 
from a note received from her at Christmas 

"Our trip turned out just as planned, 
which is remarkable really, when one flies; 
and I got home just in time to attend teach- 
ers' meeting the next morning. Mother is a 
good flyer, and I never notice any discomfort. 
I did get very tired of all the red tape and 
the eternal waiting. If I go again, I hope to 
take my time and go on a boat. It's more 

"We spent two months in Iquique living 
with Anne Marie and her family. Her two 
little boys quite came up to our expectations 
and I had a wonderful time with them, es- 
pecially Marito, the younger, who was two 
while we were there. The rest of the time 
we were in Santiago. Anne Marie and the 
children were there too." 

Frances Murrell Richards has sent us a 
most interesting account of the recent return 
to China of Alma Booth and her husband. 
Dr. Harry Taylor. These are excerpts from 
the story in The North China Daily News: 

"The arrival of eight Americans last week 
was an occasion that caused pleasant excite- 
ment. Dr. Taylor, who has worked in St. 
James Hospital for many years, was now re- 
turning after internment and repatriation, 
and his innumerable friends took his arrival 
as a time to welcome him warmly. The city 
as a whole has missed the service of the hos- 
pital deeply during the years it was closed 
by the Japanese, and is now eager to have it 
re-open. Representatives of the officials and 
gentry as well as a large gathering from the 
Churches came down to the river bank to 
welcome Dr. and Mrs. Taylor, the Rev. and 

Mrs. Henry Pickens with their two children, 
and our new medical social worker, Miss 
Virginia Hobbert. Flowers were presented, a 
bouquet to each new arrival, by pretty little 
girls in gay dresses. A welcome banner has 
been prepared by the church members, and 
a fine, red bien, or tablet was presented to 
Dr. Taylor by members of the China Inland 
Mission. These were borne aloft and led the 
military band, the procession started with 
the new arrivals and friends in line and amid 
the roar of fire crackers. This roar continued 
at frequent intervals during the roundabout 
progress, as friends along the route took this 
method of showing their joy at Dr. Taylor's 
return, and only ceased after the compound 
was entered. Then the inevitable photographs 
were taken and Dr. Taylor interviewed by 
reporters for the local paper. 

"A lovely service of thanksgiving was held 
on Sunday, February 2, followed by an open 
air meeting of welcome with speeches by 
many. Dr. Taylor is now in the midst of the 
usual round of feasts. 

"The hospital has been gotten into con- 
dition for re-opening by the strenuous work 
of the two early arrivals, ably assisted by the 
Rev. Graham Kwei and the entire staff, and 
they have done a remarkable job. The first 
patients have been seen and one admitted to 
the reconditioned hospital. St. James Hospital 
has been a tower of strength and health for 
the past forty years to all within the city's 
walls and to many without, serving high and 
low, those with money and those without. 

The Chinese have what they call their 
Three Lucky Stars, Happiness, Prosperity, 
and Longevity, all represented by three old 
men. The three are found in almost every 
home. On Dr. Taylor's return, many people 
have expressed their appreciation of him by 
calling him "An Chin tih Fu Hsin", Anking's 
Star of Happiness!" 

35-Year Reunion, June 1947 

Class Secretary anil Reunion Chairman: Lou- 
lie M. Wilson, 2034 16th Street. Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

Fund Agent: Margaret Thomas (Mrs. Paul 
J. Kreusi) Riverview, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 
This is our 3 5th reunion year. I hope we 
will see the familiar faces of 1912 at Sweet 
Briar in June, and let's try to have some news 
for the June magazine for those who can't 

Class Secretary: Mary Pinkerton (Mrs. 
James Kerr), Box 143, Spotsylvania, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Eugenia Buffington (Mrs. 
Russell Walcott, Tryon, North Carolina. 

Secretary: Marjorie French (Mrs. Charles 
L. Nevens), 143 Bishop Road, Grosse Pointe, 
Fund Agent: Wanted! 

My letter this time will have to consist of 
news received too late for previous issues. 

A card from Laura Portmunn Mueller 
tells of her interesting family, but little of 

herself. She has one son in high school and 
a daughter, Carol, 21, at Chicago University 
working for her M.A. in Political Science. 
Use (Radcliffe '41) is an administrator in 
F. P. H. A. in Washington. Darya, married 
and with 2 children, is in Minneapolis. 

Rebecca Patton's answer to my card asking 
her to write all about herself, says: "Pos- 
sibly 'all about myself will include confess- 
ing to a very gray head, slow gait, mellowed 
thinking, and a middle spread." However, 
she does admit to being chin up in things 
and, following Sweet Briar philosophy, loves 
being so. 

Grace Callan Bond wrote of her very busy 
life as Vice-President of the National Society 
of the Daughters of 1812. She has 2 married 
daughters and 2 grandchildren. Her older 
daughter, Lydia, graduated from Albany 
State Teachers College and Betty from Bar- 
nard in '44. 

Eleanor Fur man Hudgens answered my 
card from Washington where she has been 
living for eight years and where her husband 
is associate administrator of the Farm Security 
Administration. Eleanor has 2 children, a 
married daughter who is the mother of 2 
boys, and a son who is a senior this year at 
the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 
He expects to enter Princeton in the fall. 

I'm sure all these items are just as inter- 
esting now as they were to me when I re- 
ceived them, too late for the last issue. 


Class Secretary; Frances W. Pennypacker, 
517 Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: Lucy Lantz (Mrs. Harry Mc- 
Kinley ) , 263 Glen wood Avenue, Englewood, 
New Jersey. 

Class Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agent: Louise Bennett (Mrs. Albert 
Lord) 182 Hillside Avenue, Englewood, New 

30 Year Reunion, June 1947 
Class Secretary: Bertha Pfister (Mrs. Ben- 
jamin Wailes) Sweet Briar, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Polly Bissell (Mrs. Earl S. 
Ridler) 608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington 20, 

Reunion Chairman: Bertha Pfister, (Mrs. 
Ben Wailes) Sweet Briar, Virginia. 

Hope to see you all at Sweet Briar May 
31st for our 30th Reunion! Polly Ridler is 
sending questionnaires which will be compiled 
into our reunion book, and it won't be com- 
plete without your contribution. 

Polly is off in Texas and in California 
now with Caroline Sharpe Sanders ('19). 
Polly is President of the Wilmington, Dela- 
ware, A.A.U.W. and their delegate to the 
A.A.U.W. conference in Dallas. While she 
is in the west she plans to visit Ruth Mr- 
llraty Logan in Piedmont, California. It 
sounds like a perfect way to spend 6 weeks. 

It is with sorrow that we bring to your 
attention the death of Ruth Watkins Talia- 
ferro, on March 4, 1947. 

April, 1947 



Class Secretary: Cornelia Carroll (Mrs. K. 
N. Gardner), 6225 Powhatan Avenue, Nor- 
folk 8, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Louise Case (Mrs. C. F. Mc- 
Guire, Jr.), 3 310 Warrington Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 

Marianne Martin has had such an inter- 
esting winter. She has been taking graduate 
work at Emory University in Georgia. She 
found that "even after a quarter of a cen- 
tury", her Sweet Briar degree could hold 
its own with those of the other graduate 
students! She matriculated in the Candler 
School of Theology, and, in addition, took 
courses in other departments of the Univer- 
sity: Marianne found the graduate students 
interesting to talk to. I am sure the rest of 
'18 join me in congratulations to her in 
tackling such hard study. 

Mary Reed has been very busy at home. 
Her mother's health has failed and Mary 
has taken over the nursing, housekeeping, 
and gardening. She finds time to keep up 
with her friends but the outside activities 
which she used to take part in, such as Y.W. 
and the League of Women Voters she has 
had to forego. She says she loves to hear 
from her classmates and hopes to return to 
college for our next reunion. 

Betty Lowman Hall insists that she has 
no new degrees or honors this winter — she 
has just been a busy housewife and mother. 
She also plans to return when '18 has their 
next big reunion. 

Iloe Bowers Joel writes that her son, Jack, 
was in the V-12 at Wabash College, at pre- 
Midshipmen School at Asbury Park, and 
Midshipmen School at Northwestern Uni- 
versity where he won his commission as an 
Ensign. After additional training in Miami, 
he was sent to the Pacific. The whole family 
welcomed him in California after the war 
ended and now he is studying pre-law at 
Wabash. Another son, Bob, is a pre-med 
student at the same school, and so is the 
son of Mary Virginia Crabbs Shaw. She said 
she thought of Sweet Briar and longed to 
slip down there last year when she was in 
New York but there just wasn't time. 

Catherine Marshall Shuler has been in 
Florida for two months. She says the grand- 
children are darling — I can hardly wait to 
see them. 

Amy Elliott Jose alsa has some grand- 
children; 3 little girls. One is 3 years old, 
and the other 2 a month old. Her son and 
his wife are both graduates of Swarthmore. 
Her daughter is at Wheaton College and 
the second son is just 17. She says she loves 
to hear and read news of Sweet Briar. 

Corinne Gibbon Woollcott writes that one 
son, Philip, Jr., is a student at the University 
of North Carolina and the second boy, Jim, 
is attending Asheville School. Mary Barber 
Ambler's son, Charles, goes to Asheville School 
also. Corinne 's niece, Louise Gibbon Car- 
michael, hopes to enter Sweet Briar next fall. 

Word has just reached me that Vivienne 
Barkalow Hernbeck and her husband, who 
has been ambassador to the Netherlands, have 
returned to Washington. Vivienne has un- 

doubtedly had many interesting experiences 
and we shall hope to have news from her 
before June. 

Many thanks for your news and letters. 
It was grand hearing from you all. 

Class Secretary: Isabel Luke (Mrs. T. Foster 
Witt), River Road, R. F. D. No. 13, Rich- 
mond, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Rosanne Gilmore, 1303 Ter- 
minal Tower, Cleveland 13, Ohio. 

Elizabeth Hodge Markgraf was the only 
one who answered my plea for news this 
time. Her daughter, Betsy, is at Sweet Briar 
and, I notice, is on the Freshman honor list 
for the first half year, though Elizabeth was 
too modest to mention this. Her son, Hodge, 
is a Junior in High School and will be a 
candidate for college in another year. She 
herself, speaks of having gone to Sweet Briar 
for Miss Lucas' inauguration and returning 
home rejuvenated. I know exactly what she 
means as it is the one place I can go and 
toss my family cares aside completely. 

I paid Louise Hammond Skinner a visit 
several weeks ago. It was the first time I had 
seen her darling little home in Norfolk, and 
I thoroughly enjoyed her, the new house 
(which, by the way, she calls the "basinet" 
because it is all done in pink and blue,) and 
her friends. On her return visit here recently 
I entertained in the kitchen as my cook was 

I understand Jo Payne Miller is taking an 
active part in the new Alumnae Club pro- 
gram. I'm sorry I was not able to attend 
Richmond's first meeting about a week ago. 

If you would have more news of each 
other please send me some in time for the 
June issue. 

Class Secretary: Wanted.' 

Fund Agent: Geraldine Jones (Mrs. R. 
Taylor Lewis), Route 6, Gainesville, Texas. 

Dorothy Wallace writes that she has resigned 
her position as Assistant Professor in Chem- 
istry and Physiology at Goucher and on the 
first of the year began work for the Argonne 
National Laboratory of the University of 
Chicago. This is the metallurgical laboratory 
of atomic bomb fame where Dorothy worked 
during the war. 

Class Secretary: Edith Durrell (Mrs. Ed- 
ward C. Marshal!), 63 26 Ridg? Avenue, 
Cincinnati 13, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Gertrude Thams, 800 Race 
Street, Denver, Colorado. 

A note from Mildred Featherston told me 
of the recent death of Peg Spengel Runge's 
husband. I am sure your classmates, Peg, join 
me in offering you our deepest sympathy. 
Peg's address is 423 7 Southwestern Blvd., 
Dallas 5, Texas. 

I have little news for you since you did 
not take your pens in hand to write me as 
I suggested in my February letter. However, 
I do want to tell you the "Wake Up, Alum- 
nae" discussion program now being started 
in 56 cities, started with a bang in Cincinnati 

last week. I do so hope you too, in your 
cities arc starting discussion groups, as out- 
lined in the letter sent your clubs by Kitty 
Blount Andersen, Chairman of the Educa- 
tional Program Committee of the Alumnae 
Council. Read about it elsewhere in the issue 
as well as in the February Alumnae maga- 
zine, and, if you arc interested in the project 
and no one has urged you to participate, 
write to me or to Kitty, Mrs. Fred Ander- 
sen, at Bay port, Minnesota. I am sure you 
will find the discussion plan interesting and 
the results, when compiled from alumnae all 
over the country, will be of great value to 
our college, we hope. 

25 Year Reunion 
Class Secretary and Reunion Chairman: Ruth 
Fiske (Mrs. Charles Steegar) 1 Park Lane, 
Mount Vernon, New York. 
Fund Agent: Burd Dickson (Mrs. F. J. 
Stevenson), R.F.D. No. 1, Blackburn, Sewick- 
ley, Pennsylvania. 

Hope to see you all at the reunion — re- 
member the dates, May 3 1 to June 2. Will 
extract news from you then, or else! 

Class Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agent: Jane Guignard (Mrs. Broadus 
Thompson), P. O. Box 480, Columbia, South 

Stanley Miller Hopkins writes, with well- 
merited pride, of her 3 children. The youngest, 
Kingsley, Jr., hopes to be at Lawrenceville 
Prep next year. The older girl, Frances, is a 
sophomore at Wellesley College and Julie 
is a fresman at Stephens College in Missouri, 
and both of them are on their respective 
Dean's lists. Julie is president of her house 
for next year, too. Stanley says she "toys 
with the notion of coming back for our 25th 
reunion" and looks forward to seeing her 
friends again in 1948. 


Class Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agent: Florence Bodine (Mrs. Frank 
P. Mountcastle), 5 1 Aberdeen Road, Elizabeth, 
New Jersey. 

Class Secretary: Frances Burnett (Mrs. 
Louis Mellen), 22325 Calverton Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Jane Becker (Mrs. John Clip- 
pinger) , 1263 Haywood Avenue, Cincinnati, 

Welcome news that of Martha McHenry 
Halter's visit to Evelyn Preilow Rutledge in 
Coral Gables, Florida. We haven't had any 
first-hand accounts but read in the papers 
that this is the first time Evelyn and Martha 
have been together since they left Sweet 
Briar lo these many years ago. 

Class Secretary: Wanda Jensch (Mrs. Welton 
W. Harris) , Greenville, Delaware. 
Fund Agent: Kathryn Norris (Mrs. Stillman 
F. Kelly), Babson Park 5 7, Massachusetts. 

I wish all of you could have had the op- 
portunity that I had recently of meeting 


Alumnae News 

our new President, Miss Lucas. I think you 
would agree with me that she is a worthy- 
successor to Miss Glass. 

In the interest of having better news from 
all our classmates I am sending cards to only 
a quarter of the class at a time. Therefore, 
each of you will only receive one card a year, 
so when you receive your card please do not 
fail to answer with news about you and 

Sis MacGregor sent a typewritten card 
with the comment that only a Scotsman 
could write so much for one cent. Sis U liv- 
ing among the stars these days. After 15 
years at the Board of Education Adminstia- 
tion Offices, in June 1944 she became Office 
Manager of the Buhl Planetarium and In- 
stitute of Popular Science, the newest and 
most modern of the five Planetariums in the 
U.S. Sis finds her work fascinating and is 
kept busy hanging up the stars in the sky 
and dusting off the moon. She lives in a 
residence with 240 other gals and it reminds 
her of dorm life at Sweet Briar. Edith Mc- 
Kelvey, Katherine Tracy, Margaret Laidley 
Smith and Sis manage a few reunions each 
year. Sis recently gave her 15th pint of 
blood at the Red Cross. 

I was pleased to have inspired Anne May- 
bank Cain to answer her card. Anne saw 
Tab Hazelwood Whitaker just before Christ- 
mas. Tab had come to Columbia, South Caro- 
lina, to see her husband's new grandson. 
Margaret Elliott Manning, Retta Nelson 
Weston, Tab and Anne had a good reunion. 
Margaret had an exhibit of her miniatures 
and Anne says she docs exquisite work. Retta's 
son Bill was King of May Day at his school 
last spring. Anne and Jane Riddle Barbour 
are planning a trip to Myrtle Beach this 

Dot McKee Abney hopes to spend part 
of the summer at Ocean City, New Jersey, 
and I only hope I will be there at the same 
time. Dot wrote that her son Hamp, a 
Junior in high school and daughter, Barbara, 
13, keep her busy with their activities. Peggy 
Malone McClements' youngest daughter is 
in the same class as Barbara at school. 

I learned from Mew White Knobloch that 
Helen Finch Halford and family spent the 
Christmas holidays in Switzerland. Mew is 
kept busy attending board meetings of the 
V.W.A., Y.W.C.A. and the Garden Club. 
She thinks she is on too many boards but 
admits she enjoys her work. Mew is headed 
for Nantucket this summer. This spring she 
plans to see Dottie Hamilton Davis as they 
are driving down to Sweet Briar — lucky gals! 

Helen Mutschler Becker wrote that her 
oldest daughter, Pat, is married and living 
in Lowell, Massachusetts. Helen also has a 
daughter, 10, and a boy, 6. The Beckers like 
living in Winter Haven, Florida. Markel, her 
husband is a country doctor. Helen keeps 
busy with P.-T.A. work, playing golf and 
taxiing her children to school, piano and 
dancing lessons. 

A letter, mind all of you, not a card, from 
Kitty Peyton Moore said that keeping up 
with housework, a husband and two boys, 

16 and 12 is a full time job. Kathleen Willis 
Peavy Jives just a block from Kitty. Kath- 
leen has a boy at Texas University and 
another son just seven. Kitty also said that 
Dottie Reinburg Fuller and her three child- 
ren are living in Lynchburg. 

Wish some of you gals would do as Dot 
Bailey Hughes did. Dot cleaned out her desk 
and found one of my cards, then answered 
it. The Hughes lead an uneventful, but happy 
existence, says Dot. Kenny and Bail are both 
in high school and Joe is in the 6th grade. 
Dot's interests are the usual ones, P.-T.A., 
Community Fund, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, 
and attending all high school athletic and 
dramatic affairs. Dot said her boys are nice 
guys, even the papa, so life is fun. I was glad 
to hear that Dot still finds time for bridge. 

I had a grand letter from Ginny Lee Tay- 
lor Tinker with which she sent a newspaper 
clipping about her daughter, Joan. Joan is a 
sophomore at Kimberley School and is one 
of a long line of high school students who 
have played the chimes at St. James Church 
for a period of two or three years, Joan also 
plays the piano, sings in the gl:e club, 
studies voice, and is head of the junior girls' 
choir at St. James. She hopes to enter Sweet 
Briar the fall of '49. Ginny Lee's son, George, 
attends Monte lair Academy. 

I have received word that we have two 
recent marriages in the class. Rebecca Ash- 
craft McGinnis is now Mrs. Robert D. War- 
ren. She is living in Memphis. 

Annabel Eberhardt, also an ex 26, was 
married to Carl E. Carter in Pittsburgh. 


20-Year Reunion — June, 1947 

Class Secretary: Margaret Cramer (Mrs. 

W. B. Crane, Jr.), 50 Verplank Avenue, 

Stamford, Connecticut. 

Fund Agent: Claire Hanner (Mrs. Wylie 
H. Arnold), 2410 Vernon Drive, Charlotte, 
North Carolina. 

Reunion Chairman: Emily Jones (Mrs. Han- 
son H. Hodge) Shipley Road, Wyckwood 
R.D. 2, Wilmington, Delaware. 

I was glad to hear from so many of you 
even though it appears that March is the 
most trying of the seasons with children re- 
covering from all manner of things which 
started with a mere sniffle, and mama worn 
down with worry and toil and her sinuses, 
in the state that most of '27 is in at this 
writing. It is some consolation to know that 
when this reaches you everything will be 
green again and the snow suits will be in 
moth balls! 

Here is news and good news, too! Florence 
Shortau Poland and her husband adopted a 
4-months-old baby boy on Valentine's Day. 
Nar Warren Taylor has just returned from 
New York where she attended a meeting of 
the Secondary Education Board. She spent 
some time with "Shorty" and tells us that 
the baby, William Dennis Poland, is a hand- 
some husky young fellow. 

Claire Hanner Arnold's little girl, Julia, 
attends Nar Warren's school and apparently 
follows in her mother's footsteps in person- 
ality and beauty. Claire and Julia spent sev- 

eral weeks in Florida. I wonder if they ran 
across Elizabeth Cates Walt? 

It was a pleasure to hear from Hilda 
Harpster who teaches at the University of 
North Carolina. 1 find myself quoting her: 
"Being so near Virginia I am quite conscious 
of Sweet Briar. And proudly so! Only yes- 
terday a member of our staff, a Goucher 
graduate, spoke in very complimentary terms 
of our Martha Lucas. As alumnae, we take 
great pride in Sweet Briar's new president, 
not forgetting for a moment those who guided 
us in the past. Spring is slowly creeping into 
North Carolina. None of us will ever forget 
the spring at Sweet Briar, when we took our 
daily excursions to Bus Rhea's. 'Twas a good 
gang that loitered there." 

Caroline Compton is busy painting por- 
traits in Vicksburg. We are mighty proud 
of her and only wish we could see an ex- 
hibition of her work. 

A grand letter from "Ibby" Luck Ham- 
mond tells us that Hall, one of the few 
Democrats elected to office last November 
is now Attorney General for Maryland. 
"Ibby" and Hall had a wonderful trip to 
California and saw Babe Atbers Foltz, her 
husband and two adorable boys. Babe looks 
fine. She drove them around the fabulous 
Los Angeles suburbs and was an excellent 

Jane Riddle Thornton promises news from 
Richmond next time. She was convalescing 
from flu when she wrote. 

Julia Reynolds Dreisbach spent a week 
in New York shopping, seeing old friends, 
shows, etc. She may get back to reunion. 
She wants to bring Georgia, her eldest daugh- 
ter, down because she too, hopes to attend 
Sweet Briar next year. Georgia was elected 
to the National Honor Society and was 
voted "Best Citizen" of her school. 

Our friend Pauline Payne Bachus writes 
only a brief card, to this secretary's disap- 
pointment. Besides her usual duties as house- 
wife, etc., etc., she is teaching Spanish at the 
University of Toledo. 

Laura Boynton Rawlings and her family are 
planning to spend the summer in California. 
This nipped in the bud her plans to come to 
reunion with Virginia Stephenson. 

We wish to express our sympathy to Gene- 
vieve Blaek Newton whose mother passed away 
last fall. 

Ruth Lourancc Street is taking an active 
part in the Chattanooga Alumnae Club, par- 
ticularly on their newly formed Educational 
Policy discussion group. 

Rebecca Manning Cutler is back to two 
jobs again — i.e. home and law. 

Elise Morley Fink and George, plus the four 
children, should be at the moment you read 
this at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. 

Kelly Vizard Kelly's husband has been ad- 
vanced to Vice-President of the American 
lirakeshoe Company. 

Alice Eskesen Ganzel enjoyed a dinner par- 
ty at Margaret Green Runyon's when Alice 
was in Westfield at Christmas. Dot Garland 
Weeks was another of the guests. 

Marjorie Stone Neighbors, way off in Texas, 
doesn't find it easy to get to New York for 
lunch as I had suggested. I live in hope that 

April, 1947 


when any of you are vacationing in the big 
city that I will have a chance to see you. 
Never forget that! My telephone is Stam- 
ford 4-2 f 69. 

Jo Snowdon, besides her trip to Virginia in 
June, is plotting ways and means of getting 
to New York in April. 

To bring us up to date on Maude Ad avis 
Smith, she lives at 94 Main Street, Concord, 
Massachusetts. After her two years at Sweet 
Briar she attended the University of Illinois. 
Her husband, Harold C. Smith, is an Illinois 
graduate too. He is now President of the 
Colonial Press, book manufacturers, in Clin- 
ton, Mass. They have three children, Lewis, 
13; Carolyn, 10, and Miriam, 5. Maude has 
taken an active interest as trustee and ex- 
ecutive secretary in Brooks School, which 
all of the children have attended (the little 
one is there now). Her other interests are: 
League of Women Voters and the Concord 
organization for French Relief. She has at- 
tended the Boston Sweet Briar Alumnae meet- 
ings regularly for the past ten years and en- 
joyed talking to Dan Boone when she visited 
the Boston group last spring. 

There is some news of me; I am shaking 
the dust from my house and Connecticut as 
of tomorrow. March 29, and I'm heading for 
New Orleans. I plan to spend as much time 
as possible with M. Brown Wood and shall 
tell her, for all of you, that the class of '27 
is most anxious to have her and her "box" 
back at our 20th. We ought to beseige her 
with cards and committees and flowers to get 
her there. As far as I know Connie Van Ness 
will be the next "committee" to visit her. 

Thanks every blessed one of you for your 
help in this column. I do appreciate the praise 
which many of you have bestowed upon me, 
but it is really you who deserve all the credit. 
Just the fact that some of you return the 
cards, even though they say "no news", means 

Believe it or not Sophie Lout tall Chambliss 
is back on our records by her own hand. We 
certainly are happy about this news — for we 
searched in vain for her last year. It brings 
joy to our hearts to remember how she bright- 
ened our Freshman days with her wit and 
humor. Will find out more for the next News. 
Information is scanty now but she is Mrs. 
Jack Chambliss, 1 Le Grand Place, Mont- 
gomery, Alabama. 

Our reunion extends from Saturday, May 
3 1, through noon, Monday, June 2. Try to 
make it if only for a short time. Wish I 
could predict for you who will be there but 
all I can say this windy, snowy March day is 
that many are planning and hoping. How- 
ever, regardless of how many others show up, 
to be on the campus again and to meet Miss 
Lucas is a sure guarantee of a good time. 


Class Secretary: Katherine Brightbill (Mrs. 
Robert O. Biltz), 161 W. Maple Avenue, 
Langhorne, Pennsylvania. 

Fund Agent: Page Bird (Mrs. W. S. D. 
Woods), 204 Ampthill Road, Richmond 21, 

Class Secretary: Polly McDiarmid (Mrs. 
Pierre Serodino), Signal Mountain, Tennessee. 
Fund Agent: Belle Brock enbrough (Mrs. 
John S. Hutchins), 250 Birch Street, Win- 
netka, Illinois. 

That reminder card from the Alumnae Of- 
fice comes at the darndest times; it seems to 
catch me either coming or going. But never 
mind, I have someone in mind to succeed 
me, who will be simply wonderful, and never 
skip. Right now, she has a new baby, so the 
approach will have to be delayed a short 

Pete and I have just returned from a 
month at Captiva Island in Florida. We left 
young Peter as a boarding student at Baylor 
School, here in Chattanooga, which was a fine 
experience for a 12 year old. We loved every 
minute of our trip, in spite of the cold 
weather and poor fishing, (although in one 
afternoon, four of us caught 102 lbs., mostly 
sheephead) . 

We ran into several Sweet Briar girls, Jane 
Sheltcn Williams '34, who had been down 
there visiting her husband's mother for three 
months, with her darling little girl, Patsy. 
Mary Shelton Clark '29, arrived to pick up 
Jane and to stay a while too. This was Mary's 
second trip to Florida this winter as she 
spent New Year's week in Miami, with her 
two Georges, initiating their new boat. 

At Vero Beach, we picked up Peggy, my 
twin sister, remember? who had been visiting 
one of the grandest Sweet Briar girls I know, 
Kay Xeuch Forster '23. 

Within two days of our return, we took off 
for Cincinnati. Going through Lexington I 
called Anne Brent Winn '29, who had just 
returned from Little Rock, Arkansas. I didn't 
find out how, why, or when, because soon as 
it was my turn to talk, Pete and Peter were 
furiously honking the horn outside the filling 
station. I'm still kicking myself for being 
so easily bluffed. 

We spent the night in Louisville on our 
return trip with Ruth Ferguson Smythe '29, 
and her precious family. They are a joy to 
watch growing up. Ruth had just returned 
from a League of Women Voters meeting in 
St. Louis. 

Edith Roach, 'ex 29, of Richmond, was 
married October 19 to Sverre Tollefsen. They 
are living at her old address in Richmond. 

Sally Callison Jamison reports that Bslle 
Brockenborou gh Hutchins has a new baby boy, 
born January 18th, and named Brown Brock- 
enborough Hutchins; this makes four boys 
for Belle! She and John are now vacationing 
in Bermuda. 

That's all for now. Next time I won't take 
you on a travelogue, as I see no trips in sight. 

Class Secretary: Sally Reahard, 5S25 North 
Meridian Street, Indianapolis 8, Indiana. 
Fund Agent: Gwendolyn Olcott (Mrs. 
George Writer, Jr.), 21 Fifth Avenue, New 
York, New York. 

While doing some archaeological work near 
Richmond, Virginia lately, I found, in the 
historical sub-strata, a real original species 

.... Elizabeth Gorslinc! She claims she has 
been around there for years, was recently 
evicted from her residence and is now living 
in the country but "panting for the city 
streets". She is working at the Medical Col- 
lege Hospital as a secretary but gave me no 
other news of herself. However, she had some 
interesting rumors to pass along. One, that 
Louise Nelson, returned from Service, mar- 
ried a farmer and lives near Richmond. An- 
other, that Emma Riely is "married to a 
Frenchman". I shall try to dig up more de- 
tails .... Remy Lemaire is the gentleman's 
name. — Editor. 

In my explorations I have found some 
more treasures: 

Peg Carpenter Terry, lost for many years, 
was discovered among the cave dwellers of 
the Ohio Valley, all in one piece, excellent 
condition, a wife and mother of three chil- 
dren. They are Marshall, Jr., aged 16; Lee, 
aged 1 4 ; and Sandra, aged 1 1 . Peg lived in 
Cleveland five years, Akron seven and now 
outside of Cincinnati for six. They call their 
place "Seven Acres" and have gone in for a 
large garden, as well as the Egg & I game. 
The old girl seems to get around, though, as 
she says she is active in the Writers and 
Players groups of the Woman's Club, is on 
the Board of the Council of Church Women 
and for four years was active in the Red 
Cross Motor Corps. She says she sees Eliza- 
beth Smith Reaves a great deal and that Eliza- 
beth has a six year old son named Rusty. Peg 
and Elizabeth roomed together at Miami Uni- 
versity after they left Sweet Briar. 

Trie above was not all squeezed on a post 
card, you know. And now, I am proud to 
say, Margaret Faulkner Camp is also kind 
enough to write a letter and squander a 3c 
stamp for auld lang syne! Margaret is in 
Lynchburg and (this will take you back) is 
working at Millner's, that Mecca of our week- 
ly pilgrimages. I am sure she has fun seeing 
the Sweet Briar girls and keeping posted as to 
what goes on. She has two children, Roderick 
Taliaferro Camp and Elizabeth Cabell Camp, 
the former of whom will enter college in 
the fall. Could you stood it? Margaret says 
Jette Baker Davidson has four children and 
Lucy Miller Baber has two. 

Am delighted to tell you that I have heard 
from Helen Smith Miller, who returned last 
summer from three years in the E.T.O. with 
the Red Cross. She is now Assistant Director 
of the A.R.C. in the Veteran's Hospital in 
Rutland Heights, Massachusetts and says she 
loves it — "there is so much to do and it is so 
interesting." She refers to having lost her 
father and I know you will all want me to 
write and express our sympathy. She has sold 
her home to Betty Neill Danner ('29) but her 
offirial address is still Sparkill, New York. 

Among the "Volunteers of the Year", one 
selected from each Junior League in the 
country, is our own Lucy Harrison Baber. 
Lynchburg League's representative to the 
Civic Committee for Children's Services, Lucy 
"arranged with those industries employing 
mothers of the children, a means by which 
a Child Care Center, on a civic level, could 
be established. Besides being the official guid- 
ing hand, she has worked at the center, per- 
sonally interviewing mothers and prospective 
teachers, getting to know the children, and 


Alumnae News 

serving as Chairman of the Center's Board of 

Did you think our WAC Captain, Mar- 
jorie Sturges, was still taking salutes and 
running errands for General MacArthur? 
Never more. She has been taking felicitations 
and doing K.P. for a new Commanding Offi- 
cer. William R. Moose, Jr., whom she married 
in December! Arrived in San Francisco De- 
cember 12, mustered out at Fort Dix Decem- 
ber 18, married December 21, moved to De- 
troit where she sat down to lunch on Sweet 
Briar Day with Serena Ailes Henry and the 
rest of the gang; becoming "Queen for a 
Day" and especially entertained in honor of 
the occasion. This gal must operate on atomic 
energy! She says her 32 months in the Serv- 
ice were so interesting that they flew by. She 
went from Brisbane to Port Moresby, to a 
place I can't decipher, to Manila, to Tokyo 
where she arrived on October 18, 1945 and 
remained for 1 5 months. Wish there were 
space to quote her descriptions of Japan, from 
the devastation of bombed areas to the "un- 
speakable beauty" of other sections. Do ad- 
vise you to write her (2210 Pingree Street, 
Detroit, Michigan), and I suggest you, Chris- 
tine Reimalt Moose, to hurry over there and 
see if you Mooses ain't related! 

Class Secretary: Martha McBroom (Mrs. 

Frank L. Shipman), 210 Ridge Avenue, Troy, 


Fund Agent: Peronne Whitaker (Mrs. 

Robert Scott), 648-D Beverly Road, Teaneck, 

New Jersey. 

No class letter this time, as Martha says a 
siege of flu has made the Shipman's life a 
mere struggle for existence. Our only conso- 
lation is that the news should be bigger and 
better than ever in June! 

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15-Year Reunion — June, 1947 

Class Secretary: Charlotte Magoffin, Box 
5 6, Deerwood, Minnesota. 

Fund Agent: Marcia L. Patterson, Kent 
Place School, Summit, New Jersey. 
Reunion Chairman: Dorothy Smith (Mrs. 
Edmund Berkeley), 804 Rugby Road, Char- 
lottesville, Virginia. 

We've two recent arrivals to introduce. 
Josephine Marshall Dabney was born on Jan- 
uary 24. This makes three children for the 
Dabneys, and Edith Railey Dabney says she's 
so busy she does well to get as far from home 
as the corner drug store. Our other new mem- 
ber is John Wright Conway, who arrived on 
February 4, at the end of a case of mumps 
which his mother, Eleanor Wright Conway, 
had been sporting for two weeks. Proof that 
adult mumps can be a very serious matter. 

A newsy card from Billie Hancel Sturdy 
tells us that her husband was made a partner 
in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutch- 
er in Los Angeles very shortly after his dis- 
charge from the Marines. Billie's 9 year old 
daughter, Mary, gave a piano recital in De- 
cember; her mother was so nervous she was 
practically a physical wreck, but the poised 
young lady did beautifully and displayed 
considerable talent. 

Barbara Munter, after 20 months of excit- 
ing Red Cross duty, is now working in the 
advertising- department of Frederick and Nel- 
son, Seattle's largest department store. Last 
spring, she had a good visit with Jane White 
Burton, who lives in Portland, Oregon. 

When Hildegarde Voelcker Hardy wrote 
at the end of January, she was looking for- 
ward to the return of her husband, who had 
been making a survey in South America for 
the past two months. Hildegarde had recent- 
ly seen Susanne Gay Linville, and reported 
that the Linvilles were planning to move to 
Scarsdale in the spring. 

Way last fall, Flappy sent me an item 
which I certainly intended for the February 
issue, but omitted for some unknown rea- 
son. It was an account from the Suffolk 
paper about Rev. Louis A. Haskell, Sarah 
Bright Gracey's husband. He had just re- 
signed as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
in Suffolk to accept a call to St. John's Epis- 
copal Church in Florence, South Carolina. 
The account praised him highly for his parish 
work and for his participation in community 
activities and local war projects. 

Found: Elizabeth fob Jopp. Jobie and her 
husband cavorted around the country at such 
a rate during the war that I lost them com- 
pletely. At last through Squibby, I've nailed 
them in Hazard, Kentucky, where they're at 
least partially settled. While in the Army, 
Gus worked on the Manhattan Project, and 
was at Alamogordo when the first atom bomb 
was dropped. Since the war, he has been much 
in demand as a speaker, and his wife sits bask- 
ing in reflected glory. Jobie wrote in most 
interesting fashion of their life in a small 
coal mining town, and of their contact with 
Mrs. Marv Breckenridge's Frontier Nursing 
Service, which is doing such a tremendous 
job to help the mountain people. 

Finis for now. I'm hoping to see dozens 
of you at reunion. 

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Class Secretary: Anne Marvin, Box 15 76, 
University, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Sue Graves, (Mrs. William K. 
Stubbs), 2105 Island Drive, Monroe, Louisiana. 

You will all have to help me as I have 
never been a class secretary before and this 
is an entirely new venture. I will write to as 
many of you as possible before the June is- 
sue and trust to have a large response from 
my cards as well as from those I do not get 
in touch with this time. 

Since starting my new job of trying to col- 
lect the news for the class of '3 3, I have had 
the good fortune of seeing Hetty Wells Finn 
and two of her children. They spent the first 
week of April here in Charlottesville. Hetty 
is her usual charming self and it was won- 
derful to see her. 

Mary Buick is still with the American Red 
Cross and is stationed in Korea. Her leave 
in 1946 was taken in China where she had 
many interesting experiences. Mary has ap- 
plied for her release from the Red Cross and 
expects to be back in this country soon. 

Charlotte Tatnblyn Tufts is in California 
with her three sons and daughter. Her hus- 
band is with the West Coast office of the 
advertising agency of W. Earl Bothwell, Inc., 

and they are living in North Hollywood. 
Charlotte is taking night courses in Spanish. 

Enna Frances Brown was married over a 
year ago to Ned Batsell and in March of this 
year moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

I find on my list that these *33 alumnae 
are lost. If anyone has any of their addresses, 
please send them in to the alumnae office, or 
to me with your news of you: 

Alice Martin (Mrs. Thomas R. Cooper); 
Elizabeth Selden (Mrs. Edward Stainbrook); 
Mary Rose Taylor (Mrs. Severt A. Anderson, 
Jr.); Ethel M. Cameron (Mrs. Allen C. Smith, 
Jr. ) Kathlean Carmichacl ( Mrs. George R. 
Mather); Mary Alice Durham (Mrs. William 
Ellis); Ruth Einhart; Annette Enderly (Mrs. 
Henry T. Birgel); Jeanne Harmon (Mrs. 
Lloyd Weisberger) ; Mabel Hickman ( Mrs. 
John M. Flaitz) ; Eleanor Hottenstein (Mrs. 
Richard B. Foster); Catherine Kells (Mrs. R. 
O. Furlong); Mary B. Lankford; Jan?t Mc- 
Gregor (Mrs. Talbot Curtin); Eleanor Niggli 
(Mrs. F. A. Tyler); Martha North (Mrs. 
John V. Pollitt); Mildred Rahm (Mrs. Fred- 
erick MacDonald); Isabel Scott (Mrs. Claude 
L. Bowen, Jr.) ; Dora Tracy (Mrs. A. G. 
Ridgely); Virginia Vogler; Mary Jane Walne 
(Mrs. Whitfield H. Marshall); Sarah Zoller. 

Class Secretary: Marjorie Lasar (Mrs. E. R. 
Hurd, Jr.), 42 5 North Hanley Road, St. 
Louis, Missouri. 

Fund Agent: Julia Sadler (Mrs. Calvert de 
Coligny), Bon Air, Virginia. 

Jean Sprague's father died very recently 
after a long illness and I know the class of 
'3 4 will want to express its sympathy to 
Jean, her mother and brother. 

Class Secretary: Jacquelyne Strickland 
(Mrs. Edward J. Dwelle, Jr.), 4910 Araparoe 
Avenue, Jacksonville 5, 'Florida. 
Fund Agent: Cynthia Harbison (Mrs. Carl 
W. Heye), 26 Lawrence Street, Scarsdale, New 

I had a nice card from Barbara Miller Gib- 
son who writes that they are in the process 
of buying a house in Houston where the 
Standard Oil Company of Texas has just 
moved Jack. Also, she announces the arrival 
of a daughter, Jacqueline, on February 5. She 
weighs 1 pounds now and has just been 
to Rising Star, Texas, to meet her grand- 
parents. Barbara says it is wonderful to be 
settling into their own home. Jack has been 
out of the Army for just a year. 

Another new baby is France Spiller Merrill's 
son, Berkley Spiller, who was born January 

Geneva Cross man Stevens reports that she 
and Edson, with Edson, Jr., 3, and daughter, 
Leslie Gale, 7, are settled in Birmingham, 
Michigan. Gen has heard recently from Cyn- 
thia Harbison Heye who has two little girls 
and Margie Curtze Vicary who keeps very 
busy with her three children, Charles, 10, 
Carolyn, 7, and Tommy 5. 

Virginia Cunningham Brookes writes from 
Orinda, California. The Brookes with their 
two boys, age 7 and 5 , have a ranch house 
high in the hills. Jane Bryant Hulbert spent 
List summer near them. 

April, 1947 


Becky Young Frazer says that they all loved 
meeting Miss Lucas when she visited the alum- 
nae club in Atlanta. Natalie Strickland Waters 
and Lee McPberson Virgin are living in 
Atlanta too. 

Mary Marks is in Denver doing personnel 
work for Sweet Briar Shops (a chain of wom- 
en's clothing stores). Ruth Kaufman Davis in 
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, wants to hear from 
Mary Marks and from Sue Strassburgcr Ander- 
son. Ruth has two children, Pat, 9, and 
Dianna, 6. 

From Syracuse, New York, comes news of 
Virginia Gott Gilbert, whose husband is 
teaching mathematics at Syracuse University. 
Lucy Hoblitzell has just completed 60 days 
as an attache at the West Virginia State 
Legislature. She announces that Janet lmbrie 
Frey now has a daughter to grow up with 
her three boys! Ruth Gill Wickens says that 
they have created their own housing problem 
in Albany, New York, where she and Val 
live with their two active little boys. 

Helen Carruthers Hackwell is a new resi- 
dent of Albany. Her husband is rector of St. 
Andrew's Episcopal Church there. 


Class Secretary: Aline Stump, 12S East 84th 
Street, New York 28, New York. 
Fund Agent: Frances Gregory, 185 Upper 
Montclair Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey. 

I sound like a lecturing ol* school marm 
(which I am) , but again I appeal: Please 
answer my penny post cards or, better still, 
write voluntarily, if you want a "new^y" 
'3 6 column. 

Muggy Gregory Coker presented her hus- 
band with a son on March 5 th. His name is 
Richard Gregory. 

Libby Hartridge has really settled in our 
midst. She is the Assistant Personnel Manager 
of Dentist Supply Company. Libby finds her- 
self again buried in books and lectures as there 
is much to learn. 

Thank you, Martha Williams Tim, for your 
prompt reply! Martha writes: "Fred >nd 
Allen, 3 l /z and 2 respectively, keep us all 
from having any dull moments. I manage to 
get in some volunteer hospital work in a 
prenatal clinic and am now trying to gather 
a team to sell tags for the Children's Hos- 

Emily Bouen Muller is now living in New 
York. Before her recent marriage, Emily was 
working as a civilian in the research depart- 
ment of the U. S. Army Signal Corps in 
Washington, D. C. Emily has recently seen 
Lucille Scott Knoke. Scott y has "three won- 
derful boys:" Scott, David and Paul. 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott and her husband 
were recently in New York and Loudonville, 
New York. Eight families in the Scott neigh- 
borhood in Virginia put their heads togethei 
and started a Nursery School. A tenant house 
en the Scott farm was selected and painted 
and repaired by all. The fathers built a jungle 
gym and twenty young ones of varying ages, 
including Pinkie's three boys, are now glee- 
fully attending school. 

Ruth Gilliam Viar, your cooperation is 
superb. Ruth acquired new livestock recently: 
"To our dog and four cats we added a pony. 
Neal and Elizabeth named him Outlaw. In 

my more rational moments I have be:n 
organizing adult study classes and forums in 
the school. The P.T.A. is keeping me busy 

Ruth continues: "Our vital statistics in 
Lynchburg are as follows: Betty Cocke Win- 
free has three children. P. B. Jr., is 9, Macan, 
6, and Penny, 2J4. Penny is one of those 
power-driven youngsters who keeps Betty on 
the run all the time. Lib Morton Forsyth has 
three children also: Betty 8, Elsie S, and Harry 
Jr. 2. Since her Mother's death, Lib is presi- 
dent of C. B. Fleet Company. Margaret Smith 
Thomasson recently elected president of the 
Lynchburg Alumnae Club has two children: 
Bill 6, and Elizabeth one. Mary Hesson Petty- 
john is living near Monroe, Virginia. She has 
two, Mary Gayle 4, and Tommy 1. Lucile 
Cox, with a Master's Degree, is teaching Latin 
at the E. C. Glass High School. Maggie 
McRac Allen is in Richmond working for 
the State Department and Polly Rich is still 
at Yale." 

La Donahue McCormack has four sons 
which keep her "pretty" busy. The baby, Ty, 
7 months is now looking forward to beef 
steak, for his first tooth recently appeared. 
La's husband has recently gone into business 
for himself; "Mail-Me-Monday of Greenbay," 
an accounting and toy service for small busi- 

La's newsy letter included the following: 
Marie Griffin took a trip around South Amer- 
ica, arriving home at Christmas time. Carol 
Straus Ney has two sons and is living in 
Alexandria, Virginia. 

Martha Anne Harvey Gwinn, states she is 
leading "a very commonplace existence — with 
never a dull moment." Her three children, the 
P.T.A. , and Junior League keep her well occu- 
pied. She and her husband did find time how- 
ever, to spend a few days in Hot Springs and 
New York City. On their return to Hunting- 
ton, the Gwinns saw Fran Baker Owen in 

Thanks to Mary Poindexier Willingham, I 
can at last report on Chattanooga doings! 
Mary and her family (three girls and a boy) 

are living on Signal Mountain in their recon- 
verted summer home. The children love it as 
there is time after school for horseback riding 
and hiking. Jane Shelf on Williams and her 
daughter spent several months at Captina Is- 
land, Florida. 

Mary saw Chloe Frierson Fort at a football 
game in the fall. Chloe has two girls and a 
boy. She is again singing, this time 'tis the 
Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 

10 Year Reunion, June, 1947 
Class Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agents: Natalie Lucas (Mrs. M. S. 
Chase), Box 1208, Florence, South Carolina 
Reunion Chairman: Dorothy Prout (Mrs. 
Robert Gorsuch), Chapel Hill, Atlantic High- 
lands, New Jersey. 


Class Secretary: Dolly Nicholson (Mrs. 
John A. Tate, Jr. ) , 212 Middleton Drive, 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Fund Agent: Janet MacFarlan (Mrs. 
Charles Bergmann), 244 Ackerman Avenue, 
HoHoKus, New Jersey. 

First of all I want to apologize for falling 
down on you in the last issue, but giving 
birth to our son and heir took priority over 
other matters, regardless of their importance. 
Anyhow, I'm trusting you'll forgive what 
belated news I offer, and receive what new 
news I have with an open and forgiving mind! 

As long ago as September (too late for the 
October News) I had a postal from Kate 
Sulzberger Hecht Levi, telling me of her mar- 
riage on June 4, to Edward Levi who is a 
professor of Law at the University of Chicago. 
Kate is as happy as a lark after a short ro- 
mance, a Mexican honeymoon, and finally 
housekeeping in a small apartment. Belated 
felicitations, old dear. 

The "mother of our class", Becky Kunkle 
Hcgue reports all of her children are fine and 
that young Peter is already teaching the trip- 
lets plenty of tricks. Needless to say, she has 
her hands slightly full. 


A Camp for Girls 7-15 

Little Switzerland, North Carolina 


Camp As You Like It 

Founded in 1914 

This is a small camp with registration limited to 65 campers. 
Carefully selected counselors direct swimming, land sports, camp- 
craft, dancing, riding, nature study, handcrafts, and dramatics. 
Requests for catalogues and further information 
should be addressed to the owners and directors: 

Jeanette Boone, '27 Helen H. McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia 


Alumnae News 

Cards in the fall from Fergie, Cobbie, Helen 
Hays Crowley and Molly Talcott Dodson gave 
me news of vacations and housekeeping, and 
I'm hoping I'll hear from them and the rest 
of you with more recent news. How about it.' 

Rilma's wedding was lovely but unfortun- 
ately I can't give you first hand information. 
The account of it was given me while I was 
abed in the hospital where I went four days 
prior to the wedding. She and Bob Allen of 
Memphis were married at 7:30 in the Myers 
Park Presbyterian Chapel and afterwards in- 
stead of the usual reception the family enter- 
tained at a large dinner dance at the Charlotte 
Country Club. It was quite an affair and very 
lovely. Vesta and Eddie came up from Colum- 
bia and it was good seeing her for a few brief 

Janet MacFarlan Bergmann writes from Ho- 
HoKus, New Jersey, that the Bergmanns had 
a grand Christmas season, which was high- 
lighted for her by Miss Lucas' appearance at 
the Sweet Briar Day luncheon in New York 
on December 28. Mac was most complimentary 
and all the rest of us who have not been so 
lucky as to meet her are looking forward to 
that occasion. It was a pleasure to me to be 
at the first of a series of meetings the other 
day at Sarah Belk's at which time a letter was 
read from Miss Lucas to the alumnae. You all 
know of this new departure. I am sure, and 
we all took part in a discussion of the liberal 
arts education offered today at Sweet Briar. 
Happy fames Wat hen ('39), Emily Sebrell 
(ex '41), Rilma and I went along together. 

A card from Jin Faulkner Mathews an- 
nounces the birth of Ann Carver on March 8. 
Congratulations, chum. 

Next month you all will be receiving reply 
postals from me and I hope you'll have some 
good news all cooked up for publication. Be on 
the lookout and send them back to me 

Class Secretary: Betsy Campbell (Mrs. Rob- 
ert S. Gawthrop, Jr.), 326 West Miner Street, 
West Chester, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: Yvonne Leggett (Mrs. D. L. 
Dyer), Alger Court, Apt. 5-G, Rivermere, 
Bronxville, New York. 

This letter will perhaps give you some in- 
formation not covered by Yvonne's letter; 
then there's just time to catch your breath 
before the next issue, so do let's make a well 
represented finale. 

Ann Parks spent a few days with me before 
binding herself to a job. She came just after a 
blizzard and was amazed at the inclement 
north, for birds had been twittering and 
flowers blooming in the garden spot of Nor- 
folk. It was grand seeing her again, and it's 
delightful to feel that only an interlude has 
elapsed between visits, when there have been 
six years and a war. She reports that Bitsy 
Gordon Jeffers' mother had pneumonia after 
nursing Bitsy 's father through a tough siege of 
illness, so Bitsy is going to Norfolk every 3rd. 
week. Bill is "out of the pulps", and happily 
settled in another magazine job. Ann had been 
to see Bennett Wilcox Bart let t who is busy 
with her two children and now settled in their 
new house. Her four year old fell out of the 
window and fractured his skull the first day 
they arrived, but things have gone well since. 

Julia Ridgely Peacock has the same job but 
the office has moved one block down town and 
is just beside an outdoor swimming pool. The 
boss' children often come and write on the 
floor for Julia's benefit, lending to the office 
an informal atmosphere which she appreciates. 

We have had a wedding, Eleanor Haley, ex 
'39, is now Mrs. R. W. Pendergrass, and living 
in Palo Alto, California. 

Betsy Durham Goodhue always has news, 
and she's gracious in imparting it. She and 
Tag were about to set off for a visit in Rich- 
mond. She reports that Eleanor Claflhi Wil- 
liams is now settled in her rebuilt house. You 
may remember that it burned down last 
spring. She and Tommy are having a skiing 
vacation at Aspen, Colorado, leaving behind, 
naturally enough, 6 weeks old Lee, their third 
child. Ellie George Frampton was home for 
Christmas and will visit Betsy in June, when 
she goes cruising to Nantucket. 

Mardie Hod ill Smith has a new daughter, 
Candace Anne, nicknamed Candy of course, 
born on November 1. Courtie is thrilled with 
her little sister, who is so far a "good" babv 
Mardie is now a neighbor of Teenie Do whuff 
Wright, who lives four doors up from their 
duplex. She has a daughter seven months old, 
and a son 2J4. Leila Bond Preston and Eleanor 
were there recently, going from Erie to Fort 
Lauderdale for a two month vacation. Leila 
had a siege of typhoid last summer, you re- 
member, and Eleanor had just had her tonsils 
out, so they definitely deserved the trip, but 
I'm sure we're ail green with envy. 

Ruth Harman Reiser was visited in Decem- 
ber by Alice Hooper '3 8, who's living in 
Philadelphia and working in Washington. She 
is using her knowledge in language now, as 
she did as a WAVE during the war. Dusty 
Rhodes Salmon recently wrote her, casually 
mentioning her three children, which rather 
rolled Ruth off her feet. She is busy enough 
with their year old daughter and 8 months' 
old puppy. She says that living in Princeton 
is wonderful in that it offers so much in the 
way of plays, lectures, and concerts, and she 
enjoys tremendously the New York Philhar- 
monic once a month. 

News from abroad is of Pat Bah Vincent in 
Hull, England. Pat tells of preparing breakfast 
in wool slacks, heavy coat, scarf, and mittens 
because crockery is so cold in an unhealed 
kitchen. The coal allotment was pitifully in- 
adequate for their severe winter. However, 
Pat's mother reports that in her latest letter 
she said that the sun was shining and the or- 
gan-grinder was on the street. 

You know about the Episcopal conference 
to be held at Sweet Briar in June? It will be 
rigorous, and there are no arrangements for 
children unless there is a strong demand for 
such, but I strongly recommend it for anyone 
who is in a position to go. Another item of 
interest is that alumnae are having discussions 
re-evaluating their Sweet Briar education and 
experience, and the liberal arts background in 
general. Twelve of us met in Philadelphia 
for a most interesting discussion of Miss 
Lucas' article on a liberal education, and the 
questions sent to us by the Alumnae office. 

P. S. A card just came from Elizabeth 
Barge Schroder announcing the birth of John 
Timothy Schroder, 6 pounds, 14 ounces, born 
March 3. 

Class Secretary: Nida Tomlin (Mrs. Robert 
Watts, Jr.) 100 Madison Street, Lynchburg, 

Fund Agent: Margaret Woods (Mrs. Louis 
C. Gillette), R.F.D. No. 1, Norwalk, Con- 

As Nida is the mother of a boy born in 
mid-March, the news this time consists of 
material which drifted into the alumnae office. 

Nancy Haskins Elliott writes: "David and 
I have just gotten home from India after ten 
weeks of traveling — including a shipwreck 
and a real North Atlantic storm. We made it 
in time for Mary's wedding though — and are 
so happy to be here, particularly as Lahore 
is a center of rioting now. We'll be here until 
the end of May when we go to Boston where 
David will enter Harvard. Have no idea 
where we'll be living." 

Barbara Godfrey reports from Smith Col- 
lege that she is working towards a master's 
degree in physical education. She says that 
the college and campus are quite different, of 
course, from Sweet Briar, and on a much 
larger scale, but she remains loyal. 

In the baby department we have a son, 
P. Huber, III, born to Jane Hopkins and 
P. Huber Hanes, Jr. On January 11, Emory 
Gill Williams' second child, a boy, named 
Mason Miller Williams, was born. And a 
daughter, Susan, joined Mary Sue Kilhant 
Davis' boy, on March 1. Mary Sue's huband. 
La n don, is a Lieutenant Commander in the 

Class Secretary: Joan DeVore (Mrs. John E. 
Roth, Jr.) 3 135 Victoria Boulevard, Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Patricia Dowling (Mrs. Alfred 
von Wellsheim) 17 Higby Road, Utica 3, 
New York. 

A few quick ones, will try to do better for 
the graduation number. 

Judy Davidson was married April 12 to 
Major Anthony Walker, Marine Corps, in 
Washington, D. C. 

Finally we have lots of details about Mar- 
garet Craighill Dorney's marriage on Febru- 
ary I to Karl R. Price. He was graduated 
from Vanderbilt University, from Yale Law 
School, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. 
During the war he was a Captain in the S2nd 
Airborne Division. He is now Law Clerk to 
Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of the Supreme 
Court. Margaret and Karl and Margaret's 
daughter, Sharon, almost 3 , are living in 

Ethel James writes from the Philippines 
that she is enjoying the warm weather there 
very much. Still in the Red Cross, Ethel is 
stationed at Clark Field, not too far from 
Manila, so that she participates in gay city 
life quite frequently. She had just returned 
from two weeks in Japan. 

From Kansas City comes a great catching- 
up on Mary Elizabeth Mallory, who has 
been married for some time to Dr. William 
Ernest King, Jr. They have a 7- months-old 
daughter, Kathryn Louise. Dr. King will be 
called by the Navy in July so that they are 
still in temporary lodgings. 

Caroline des Granges will be married to 

April, 1947 


J. Herbert W'allis on May 17. They hope to 
make their home in Baltimore, 

Five Year Reunion 
Class Secretary: Catherine Coleman, St. 
Anne's School, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Ann Hauslein (Mrs. 
G. Potterfield), 262 Kent Road, Wynnewood, 

Reunion Chairman: Margie Troutman 
(Mrs. Thomas S. Harbin) 3 09 East Third 
Street, Rome, Georgia. 

I know that all of you will be as shocked 
and distressed as I to hear of the death of 
Anne Bundy Thurman's husband, Robert. 
Anne's present address is in Norfolk, where 
she and Ellen Reid, who was born October 
29th, are living. 

After all these months, I have finally seen 
Ruth Hensley Camblos though I have yet 
to get around the corner to Lewis Mountain 
Road to see her home and her offspring. Ruth 
is most active at present in bringing all the 
Charlottesville alumnx together. Her son 
bears the overwhelming name of Joshua Frye 
Bullitt Camblos, Jr. 

Ruth Jacquot Tempest is still in Ruth, 
Nevada, and is now the proud mother of 
Rone Brenton Tempest III, who was born 
January 6. From Ruth, I hear that Di 
Greene Helfrich is still at Annapolis while 
Harry is at sea. 

Anne Morrison Reams furnished a great 
deal of news. Among those now in California 
are Crosswell and Bobbie Engh Croft, who 
are in Corona del Mar. Crosswell is with Ana- 
conda. They have two children, Billy who is 
lYz and Mary who was born last October. 
Other class babies are Gloria Ann Sartor, the 
daughter of Gloria Sanderson and Lane Sar- 
tor, and Mary Ann Rutherfoord, whose birth 
was reported in the last issue, minus a name. 
Mary Ann is the daughter of Mary Stone 
Mocrc Rutherfoord. Anne and Bernie are nat- 
urally rejoicing over having a cute apartment 

Elizabeth Williams, one of our "exes," is 
with the Red Cross. At present she is at the 
Valhy Forge General Hospital. 

From Louisville comes an epistle from 
Frannie Meek Young telling me of her year 
eld daughter, Melissa Rumsey. Frannie says 
that she sees Frannie Caldwell Harris quite 

Jane Hamilton McNaughton of Schenec- 
tady is the mother of a daughter, named 
Christine Grieg, who was born December 3. 

Wish I had more news to relay, but the flu 
bug hit St. Anne's and I have been playing 
auxiliary nurse, so the letter had to suffer. 

This is the last letter before reunion. 
Hope to see you all back at Sweet Briar for 
the first gathering of '42 in five years. 

Almost forgot, from the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, I see that Lucy Call Dabney is now 
a member of the Richmond Junior League, 
and that Margaret Halsey Gearing's engage- 
ment to Henry Taylor Wickham, who is a 
graduate of Virginia Law School, has been 
announced. Peggy is living in Alexandria at 


Class Secretary: Clare Eager, Charlcsmead 
Road, Govan P. O., Baltimore 12, Maryland. 

Fund Agent: Karen Kniskern (Mrs. Robert 
White), 988 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, 

Even more than usual the news is pre- 
dominantly hearts and flowers, pink and blue 
yarn, orange blossoms, etc. 

When I was in Boston I saw Tookie who 
passed on news of Barbara Bolles' engagement 
to Bill Miller. They will be married some- 
time this spring, and in the meantime Barbara 
is doing volunteer work for the Red Cross 
Home Service, where she used to work during 
the war. Also a nice letter from Gloria Zick 
informs me that she will be aisling it in the 
spring too — May 3 1 to be exact. Her en- 
gagement to Lowell M. Sigaro of Kansas City 
was announced December 29. Mary Love 
Ferguson Sanders will be her matron of 
honor, and also veil provider if they can 
solve the problem of this garment's mysterious 
disappearance from a storage house in Texas. 
Gloria and Lowell are lucky enough to have 
an apartment and so are having a grand time 
getting it ready to move into come June. 

And keeping right up with them is Mary 
"Paducah" Wheeler who is about to marry 
Henry Hilliard from Louisville. It is nice to 
hear something of "Paducah" again. Janie 
Lamp ten Middleton unearthed the news that 
she has been working in Louisville. Janie 
also says that Fayette and Ros Willet are a 
perfect couple — blissfully happy. Ros is 
working for his father's lumber company. 
This pink cloud life of theirs is no unique 
position, but I get too many similar reports 
to list them all. Chesley Johnson Dale and 
husband all snuggled away in a place in the 
country are another typical example. 

My card caught Louise Woodruff Angst 
at a very opportune time for news from her 
family, as she had just become a proud 
mother. March 9 she had a big baby boy — 
Robert Woodruff Angst, named after her 
father, and to be called "Woody." Weezie 
says "he has a moon face and snub nose 
like his ma." Snookie Campbell Shearer's new 
baby, on the other hand, looks more like pi, 
being a definite red head. She was born in 
Philadelphia toward the end of February. 
She is Elizabeth, Jr., but Snookie says a 
nickname is in order since Elizabeth is too 
big a mouthful for her, and "one Snookie 
per family is quite sufficient." She and the 
baby are back in Kentucky for a while as 
their housing situaiicm was catastrophic. 

I hear, too, that Karen Ncrris Sibley hid 
a son in the fall. Alice Johnson Fessenden, 
'44, wrote me that Karen and Jimmy were 
living near where she used to live in Atlanta. 
Also, Julie Tchou Ling has a daughter. Her 
husband is a chemical engineer and they 
live in North Plainfield, New Jersey. 

The first baby of the year was born 
to Norman and Elizabeth Hall Bennett on 
January 1. Oh, she's a daughter, and has re- 
mained nameless to me. Judy Sncw Benoit 
also has a new little daughter, named Andree 
Alida, and Elsie McCarthy Samson has a 
son, John McCarthy Samson, already popu- 
larly known as "Red," born on March 16. 

In the wedding bell department we have 
Dodi Cheatham who, on January 18 became 
Mrs. Harry James (unh-h, not Grable's) . 
They went to Miami on their honeymoon and 
are now living in his home town of Wilming- 
ton, North Carolina. Dodi loves it there 
as it is near where she used to spend her 
summers and she has lots of friends. And 
another bride, as of last August, is Primmy 
Johnston. She married the Reverend Arnold 
Bates Craven and they are still living at Cos 
Cob, Connecticut. 

Rita Silberstein became Mrs. Alan Raphael 
on March 16. They are looking for a new 
apartment in New York. Rita is on the edi- 
torial staff of the New Republic. Her new 
husband served five years in the Navy. 

And 'way back last November 3 0, Harriet 
M. Swenson was married to Frederick E. 
Munschauer, Jr. They are living in Eg^erts- 
ville, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. 

I was delighted to receive from Delia Read 
in China a lengthy response to my queries. 
She says that after a year at Gibbs and one 
working in New York, she had her share of 
commuting and the travel bug bit hard." 
The State Department needed clerical help 
in China and sent her to Peiping (November 
1945). She says they are understaffed and 
the work gets harder and longer all the 
time — evenings, weekends and holidays being 
no exception — BUT — she has solved her com- 
muting problem. She has her own house 
and everything she wants is practically next 
door — the office, the Marines, the Army, ten- 
nis courts that are flooded for ice-skating 
in the winter, badminton courts that are 
cover-overs for the summer's swimming pool. 
Nearby are fascinating places to shop and 
there are picnics among "the temples in the 
Western Hills," and a spot called Chala 
"where a group of Marist Brothers spend 
their time making wine." All sounds like a 
new Shangri La to me, but nevertheless Delia 
is looking forward to a home leave next win- 
ter. This summer Nurse Brooks Barnes is 
coming home too, in spite of the very gay 
time she is having in Honolulu. 

Pulled in two long letters the other day — 
from B. J. Leighton Lane and Prentiss Jones 
Hale. The Lanes are still living at Leigh - 
tons and son Johnny is about 16 months old. 
Chet is working for the Yankees and is Pub- 
licity Director for the Newark team, so 
when the baseball season is on he works 
from 9:00 A. M. till 1:00 at night on week- 
days and until 7:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 
No wonder she says she feels like a widow 
st times! A short while ago she saw Barbie 
Briggs who now has an apartment in Cin- 
cinnati. Prentiss' husband seems to be quite 
a beaver too; he teaches a courre at the 
Yale Graduate School, has an office for the 
practice of city planning and community 
development (now engaged in revamping six 
Connecticut towns and one in New York) 
and manages to practice architecture "on the 
side." Prentiss makes models of the houses 
and finds it lots of fun and a diversion from 
her apparently extensive civic activities. She 
says Annabelle Forsch has been doing "spots" 
for the New Yorker — those little fill-in 
drawings you see in the middle or at the 
bottom of the page; and that Kitty Doar 
Jones is living in Richmond. Tommy has a 




civil engineering job there. Kitty sees Ginny 
White, who has joined the Oxford Group. 

In my wanderings northward I visited 
"Ping" Drake, Fay Martin Chandler and 
Nancy Bean, saw l.vnn Emmerick Huidekoper, 
Cyn Harrison Drinkwater '41, Libb- Corddry 
Jones, Tookie Kniskern White, and also Muie 
Grymes whom I never see in ye olde home 
state, but always expect to see in any and 
every other state, (the chances are best in 
Florida now as her next destination was Pat 
Kobineau Vandervere's). I phoned Frances 
Gregg Petersmeyer, who is living in New 
York now, so on the whole I managed to see 
quite a few *43ers, and it was such fun 
getting together again that it made me real- 
ize what sport our reunion should be next 
year {next year that is! Can you believe it?) 

Extra special flash — Nancy Bean was mar- 
ried March 29 in New York City to Theo- 
dore H. White. Mr. White is co-author of 
"Thunder Out of China," and you may re- 
call that Beanie's name appeared with the 
customary acknowledgments for technical 
help. He is a Harvard graduate and was a 
correspondent for Time in China for seven 
years. He has recently joined the staff of 
the New Republic. After a trip to the West 
Indies they will live in New York. 

Class Secretary: Connie Sue Budlong, Occu- 
pational Therapy Department, Box 181, Ken- 
nedy Veterans Hospital, Memphis 15, Ten- 

Fund Agent: Marian Shanley (Mrs. Wil- 
liam L. Jacobs), Box 41, Newport, Arkansas. 

It seems that meeting deadlines is a spectre 
that's going to stick with me for good! News 
is plentiful this time — and here it is. 

We have — new arrivals! Virginia Lee Mor- 
ton, daughter of Jinny Lee Griffith and Cope- 
land Morton, was born on March 6th, and 
Charles Loveland Swanbcck, who arrived 
February 5 th to Babe Loi eland and Ray 

We have too — engagements and weddings, 
past and future. Bitty Maury's engagement 
to Granville Grey Valentine was announced 
in February. "Weesie" Konsberg wrote that 
she and her Bill are to be married June 21, 
with Libby Vaughan and Evie Pretlow Armis- 
ton in the wedding. Weesie also said that 
Mary Trimble, ex-'44, is now Mrs. Lawrence 
Elam Kelly, Jr., and is living in Napiersvilh, 
Illinois. Barb Clark, ex-'44., writes from New 
York that the last she had heard from Dorothy 
Denny there were plans for a spring wed- 
ding. Barb, by the way, has an imposing 
new title at Central Hanover Trust, assistant 
to the senior vice-president! News from 
Chattanooga was that Jane Williams was 
married the 22nd of February to James 
Creek more Wann. Announcement has been 
made too, of the marriage of Norma Bradley 
to Joseph Lcc Arnold, on March 26th in 
Lexington, Kentucky. We have no details yet. 

I had a grand letter not long ago from 
Betty Haicrty Smith. She and Alex are 
in Athens, Alex going to Law School and 
Betty being domestic. Helen Crump and 
Jack Cutler are temporarily in Carmel, Cali- 
fornia, my old stamping ground. Jack will 
be off for Japan in late summer and Helen 

will follow soon. Betty says that Tee Tift 
Porter's little girl is as darling as any off- 
spring of Tee's should be, and looks like 
Jimmy. The long lost and well lamented 
Betty Fence Williams has reappeared, on my 
list of "the faithful in ways of correspond- 
ence." She and Hannah Mai lory are holding 
the Richmond front and having a gay time, 
when not struggling with Fence's recalcitrant 
wisdom teeth. Mugsie Abrash Salzberg and 
Arn are still stationed at the V. A. Hospital 
in Rutland Heights, and enjoyed the winter 
sports there. Mugsie was about to launch 
on a costume committee (shades of the past) 
for the WORC Girls' Club presentation of 
jack and the Beanstalk. Helen Cantey Wood- 
bridge produced a grand and newsful letter. 
Helen Gravatt, she said, is now a news- 
paperwoman; can you imagine Gravy writ- 
ing obituaries! Dykie Watts by now may be 
in Japan, where the Wattscs are to be sta- 
tioned. Skid Holmes is still college-advising 
for the New York Times. 

Me, I'm in the throes of reorganizing Ward 
Service here. All that means so far is another 
stripe on the cap, (my patients say, "Gee, a 
corporal!") and many hours a day beating 
the rudiments of craft work into my 2S 
grand grey ladies — and if anyone knows any 
living creatures more strenous than middle- 
aged women, let me know! 

Class Secretary: Dorothy Corcoran, 4545 
Ortega Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida. 
Fund Agent: Dorothy S. Caldwell, 4707 
Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida. 
Reunion Chairman : Eleanor Myers, 208 
Hermitage Road, Charlotte, N. C. 

Lee Stevens, our ex-prexy, will be married 
to Lee Graveley, also of Rocky Mount, on 
May 17. Lee got her ring right after she 
returned home with Shebe Jones from a trip 
to Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. I hope 
a household with two Lee's isn't going to 
prove confusing! 

Jane Pickens Church, ex-'46, writes from 
New York that she and her husband are ex- 
periencing some of the effects of the housing 
shortage; they are living in a one-room apart- 
ment in Greenwich Village, and things 
seem pretty congested! She has seen Moe 
Christian Schley and husband, Dick, quite 
often. Moe and Dick now live in an apart- 
ment near St. Luke's Hospital. Pickens also 
relayed the news that Tassie Brooks Augus- 
tine, ex-'46, and Jimmy are living in Dayton, 
Ohio. Their daughter, Jane, will be a year old 
on April 21, and is, from all reports, a 
beautiful child. 

Mary Mac Holland, cx-'46, is teaching 
shorthand near Richmond now. (I ought to 
run up for a lesson or two, myself, since I'm 
now secretary at an insurance firm here in 
Jacksonville. My business career thus far 
has been varied!) 

A great delegation of '46-ers gathered re- 
cently in Amherst for Ann Hill's wedding. 
There were Ariana Jones, down from Prince- 
ton where she's working for the College 
Fintrance Exam Board, Bea Dingwell, Bev 
Randolph, Peggy Todd, Helen Graeff, Cather- 
ine Smart, Betsy Gnrley Hewson and Tommy. 

Bets was the bride at the wedding rehearsal, 
and Bea sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "Oh, 
Perfect Love," at the wedding. Anne is now 
Mrs. Griffin Edwards. Her husband is a 
son of Dr. Edwards, formerly head of the 
Physics Department at Sweet Briar. 

Ariana tells me that she visited Georgianna 
Ellis in Baltimore where she is working in 
the tuberculosis clinic at Johns Hopkins. She 
loves her work. Lou Crawford was asked 
to teach a class in Freshman English at the 
University of South Carolina, where she is 
getting her Master's Degree. It seems that 
there are quite a few veterans in her class who 
are older than she is! Peggy Coffman is (to 
quote Ariana) "still working with statistics, 
etc., and is living at the Picadilly in New 

Graeffie has been teaching music at four 
little country schools and leading the band 
in a high school. She's done so well that her 
band won a prize in a parade recently. 

Jean Love paid a short visit to Sweet Briar 
recently, on her way to Washington. She 
plans to get a job there until the next term 
in art school starts. 

Lil West is on tour again! She sailed at 
the end of March from New Orleans for a 
three weeks' cruise to the West Indies. She's 
a lucky girl to be sailing in those southern 
waters right now! 

Jean Pcllard Kline has just moved to Wil- 
mington, North Carolina, where Bob is edit- 
ing a paper. She says that Himmy Thompson, 
ex-'46, stopped in to see her recently on 
her way from Florida to Richmond. 

More about our Alumnx Overseas: Larry 
Lawrence is now on a city-by-city tour of 
Italy. She is returning to Nice at Eastertime 
in order to meet Rudy there, who is coming 
over from the University of Geneva. They 
are all leaving Southampton on July 2 5 to 
return to the United States. What a year 
it's been for Rudy, Larry, and Lou! 

Margaret Swann is at home, Winter Haven, 
Florida, for spring vacation after completing 
two years of medical school in New York. 
She now has two and a half years to go! 

Helen Murchison is in the throes of trying 
to organize a Sweet Briar Alumna: Club in 
Jacksonville. Both she and I were just made 
provisional members of the Junior League. 

Mary Jane Lively was married February H 
to E. Leslie Hoffman, Jr., in Charleston, West 
Virginia. Betty Ann Bass was a bridesmaid. 
They went to New York on their wedding 
trip and will live in Charleston. Mary Jane 
is a child welfare worker with the West Vir- 
ginia Department of Public Assistance. Leslie 
served in the European theatre with the air 
force for three years and now is finishing 
college; he holds a position on the adver- 
tising staff of the Charleston Gazette. 

Marilyn Mandle is now Mrs. James Dick 
and is living in Lexington, Kentucky. 

In parting, I hope you're all making serious 
plans for returning for our first year re- 
union. Time has flown by, and believe it or 
not, it's practically here — so perhaps we shall 
all be seeing each other in the not -too-dis- 
tant future! 

In the meantime, keep me posted on your 
many and exciting activities. 

Flowering Dogwood 


About the Alumnae Fund 

Between sessions of the Alumnae Council meetings 
two days before commencement, Gerry Mallory, '33, and 
Marian Shanle) Jacobs, '44, spent a lot of time talking 
about the Alumnae Fund, of which Marian is to be chair- 
man for l?47-'49. 

Gerry, who has been chairman of the Fund for the 

past four years, was helping Marian get acquainted with 
the duties which she is about to assume. 

\\ Ink- she was in college, Marian was chairman of the 
Student Funds Committee and set a high standard of 
efficiency, organizational ability, and downright hard work 
which has not been surpassed by any of her successors. 
She held the Manson Memorial Alumnae Scholarship 
during her senior year and she was graduated cum laude. 
Since her graduation, Marian has been Fund Agent for 
her class. 

After she left college, Marian served for several 
months as a traveling secretary for the World Student 
Service Fund. In 1945 she was married to an Episcopal clergyman, the Rev. William L 
making their home in Newport, Arkansas. Their daughter Elizabeth is almost a year old. 

Jacobs, and they have been 

^han^s to you 

class agents, sub-agents and 1260 contributors — the 1946 Alumnae Fund totaled SI 2, 5 00 at com- 
mencement. This is an unrestricted gift to Sweet Briar. 

^/um?iae Registered at Comme?icement 

M ADI MY-1910 
Edith Wenar Gazan 
Claudine Griffin Holcomb 
Eugenia Griffin Burnett, '10 

Henrietta Crump, '17 
Rachel Lloyd Holton, "17 
Ruth Mcliraiy Logan, '17 
Bertha P fitter Wailes, '17 
Inez Skillem Keller, '17 
Cornelia Carroll Gardner. ' I S 
Louise Hammond Skinner, 1 9 
Caroline Sbarpe Sanders, '19 
Isabel Wood Holt, '19 

Edith Durrell Marshall, '21 
Ruth Geer Boice, '21 
Florence Wbelfel, '21 
Dr. Ivan McDougle, Spoinoi 
Julia Ben tier Moss, *22 
Gertrude Dally Massie, '22 
Ruth Fiske Steegar, '22 
Elizabeth Hubet Welch, 22 
Lillian Maddox Whitncr, '22 
Beulah Norris, '22 
Elizabeth fohl Kerr, '22 
Marion Walker Neidlinger, '22 
Margaret Burueli Graves, '23 
Grace Merr/t k Twohv, '24 


Camilla Alsop Hyde 
Jeannette Boone 
Margaret Cramer Crane 
Elsetta Gilchrist Barnes 
Jane Gilmer Guthery 
Emily fones Hodges 
Elizabeth Mathews Wallace 
Gretchen Orr Swift 
Jane Riddle Thornton 
Constance V An Ness 
Alice Warren Fielder 
Elizabeth Wood McMullan 


Mary Huntington Harrison, 
Xorvel Royer Orgain, '3 
Dr. Mary Harlcy, Sponsor 
Sue Burnett Davis, '32 
Elizabeth Clary Treadwell, *3 
Lenore Hancel Sturdy, '3 2 
Aurelia Lane Hopkins, '3 2 
Marion Mai m Fowler, '3 2 
Susan Marshall Timberlake, 32 
Mary A I 'tor. Pancake, '3 2 
Sally Shallenberger Brown, '3 


CJerry Mallory. '3 5 

Frances Powell Zoppa, '3 3 
Rebecca Marriner, '3* 
Lida Voigt Young, '3 5 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott, '3 

195 7 

Nir.a Cant horn Jarvis 
Jacquelin ( ", bran Nicholson 
Jane Collins Corwin 
Natalie Hnpknn Griggs 
Mary Jane Jones 
Frances Kemp Pettyjohn 
Lillian Lam he it Pennington 
Polly Lambeth Blackwell 
Isabel Olmstead Haynes 
Do roth\ _ Price Roberts 
Dorothy Prout Gorsuch 
Anna Redfern Ferguson 
Harriet Shaw 
Ellen Snodgrass Park 
Marie Walk, ■ G: egorj 


Frances Baldwin Whitaker, '4 

Shirley Devine, '4 1 

Eunice Fosi Sneed, '41 

Lucy Lloyd. '41 

Margaret Beeker Schiltges, *4 

Patricia Brightbill, '42 

Jeanne Buzby. '42 

Lucy Call Dabney, '42 
Anne Chamberlain, '42 
Betsy Gilmer Tremain, '42 
Betty Hanger, '42 
Anne Hatisletn Potterstield, 42 
Ethel Lindsay Martin, '42 
Virginia Moomaw, "42 
Mary Moore Ruthertoord, '42 
Ann Morrison Reams, '42 
Doris O fide ii Mount, *42 
Polly Peyton Turner, '42 
Helen Santord, '42 
Nancy Taylor Smith, '42 
Douglas Woods Sprunt, '42 

Betty Braxton Preston, '43 
Marion Stanley Jacobs, '44 
Elizabeth Joseph Boy kin, '4$ 
Flora Cameron, '46 
Helen Graerr, '46 
Adeline Jones Voorhees, '46 
Anne Hill Edwards, '46 
Frieda Man ley Hutchinson, ex 
Anne Seibels, ex '47 






Volume XVI 

June, 1947 

Number 4 

Martha von Briesen — Helen H. McMahou, Editors 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Mrs. Frederic William Scott 
(Elizabeth Pinkerton, '36) 
Bundoran Farm, North Garden, Virginia 

Past President — Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, '3 0) 

Box S4M, Drake Road, Cincinnati 27, Ohio 


Director of Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Edward C. Marshall 

(Edith Durrell, '21) 

6326 Ridge Avenue, Pleasant Ridge 

Cincinnati 13, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Mrs. Stephen Coerte Voorhees 

(Adeline Jones, '46) 

Windy Hill Farm 

Bedminster, New Jersey 

Executive Secretary and Treasurer 

Helen H. McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Alumna Member of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia W. Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond 21, Virginia 

Alumnae Members, Board of Overseers 

Margaret Banister, '16 

Stoneleigh Court, Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. Richard E. Barnes 

(Elsetta Gilchrist, '27) 

65 IS York Road, Parma Heights, Cleveland 9, Ohio 

Chairman of the Alumnae Fund 

Gerry Mallory, '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey 


Inside Front Cover 

About the Alumnae Fund 

Miss Ruby Leaves the Book Store 

Commencement, 1947 4 

Gifts to the College 4 

Honor Graduates and Sullivan Award 5 

Miss Lucas' Message to the 1947 Graduates 6 

Honor Scholarship Winners 6 

President's Report to the Alumnae Association 7 

Report of the Alumnae Secretary 8 

Commencement Vesper Service by President Lucas 1 3 

Reading List for Alumnae 14 

Club Representatives' Meeting 15 

Class Notes 16 

Senior Class, 1947 Inside Back Cover 

Mrs. John H. Cronly 

(Martha Valentine, Academy) 

1416 Park Avenue, Richmond 20, Virginia 

Mrs. Paul J. Kruesi 

(Margaret Thomas, ex '12) 

Riverview, Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Mrs. Frederick H. Skinner 

(Louise Hammond, '19) 

North Shore Road, Algonquin Park, 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Mrs. Homer A. Holt 

(Isabel Wood, '19) 

Cornwell's Beach Road, Sands Point, L. I. 

Mrs. Charles Wadhams 

(Marian Shafer, '21) 

112 Adams Street. Brockport, New York 

Members of the Alumnae Council 

Mrs. Adrian M. Massie 

(Gertrude Dally, '22) 

Purchase Street, Rye, New York 

Mrs. John Twohy 

(Grace Merrick, '24) 

44.2 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk 7, Virginia 

Mrs. Fred Andersen 

(Katherine Blount, '26) 

Bayport, Minnesota 

Mrs. Thomas K. Scott 

(Amelia Hollis, '29) 

3 606 Plymouth Place, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. John S. Smith 

(Ruth Hasson, '30) 

204 Lingrove Place, Pittsburgh 8, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. John B. Orgain, Jr. 

(Norvell Royer, '30) 

2013 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 

Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown 

(Sally Shallenberger, '3 2) 

Ashbourne, Harrods Creek, Kentucky 

Mrs. Henry L. Young, Jr. 

(Lida Voigt, '3 5) 

2924 Nancy Creek Road, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 

Mrs. Ralph A. Rotnem 

(Alma Martin, '36) 

3 30 East 79th Street, New York 21, N. Y. 

Lucy Lloyd, '41 
Valley Brook Farm, Downingtown, Penn. 

Mrs. Frank E. Briber 

(Anne Mcjunkin, '43) 

8103 West Bluemound Road 

Milwaukee 13, Wisconsin 

Sweet Briar House 

Miss Ruby Leaves the Book Shop 

When Miss Ruby Walker closes the doors of the Book 
Shop this month it will the end of her career as 
manager which began twenty-six years ago, for she has 
resigned her post, effective July 1. 

Long before she began working in the Book Shop, Miss 
Ruby had made a place for herself at Sweet Briar. As a 
member of the Walker family which came to Mount San 
Angelo in 1909, she watched the college grow up and it 
would be safe to say that there's not a student in all that 
period of years who doesn't know her and remember her 
with affection. 

For one year Miss Ruby ran the Tea House, a year 
which she says was no picnic! There were always cakes 
to be baked and sandwiches to be made and "it got so that 
it was years before I ever wanted to bake anything again." 

She began "running the Book Shop" in 1921, when it 
occupied a room in the basement of Randolph. Three 
years later Miss Ruby moved with the Book Shop from 
Randolph back to the cottage next to Sweet Briar House 
where it had already been lodged once before. The Book 
Shop had one room of the cottage and the Tea House 
had the other. She recalls the crowded opening days each 
fall in that one little room, when "we had to stop letting 
people in every now and then so as to make a passageway 
for the others to get out." After the Inn was built and 
the Tea House moved to its new location the Book Shop 
expanded into two rooms and offered many more items 
for sale, including stationery, pennants, seals and novelties 
of various kinds. 

Undoubtedly the most exciting day in the history of 
the shop was the day Sweet Briar House burned. Miss 
Ruby says she was talking to a salesman when she noticed 
the smoke pouring out of the lattice-work. She "slammed 
shut the cash drawer and ran over to the tower room to 
tell the faculty member who lived there to get out as 
quickly as possible." Then she ran downstairs to the tele- 
phone in the hall and summoned aid. After that, she 
recalls, she went into the dining room and grabbed a big 
silver tray and made her way outdoors with it. 

Mr. Dew thought the Book Shop was in no immediate 
danger and told Miss Ruby not to move out unless it 
became necessary. When one of the firemen was injured, 
Miss Ruby was asked to act as guide to get him to the 
infirmary. By the time she got back, she says, she found 
that "students had taken everything out of the Book Shop 
and dumped it on the lawn. The confusion was terrific! 
[ didn't know how I was ever going to get everything 
back into the shop. I got up early next morning to begin 
the job of moving things back and when I got here I found 
that Ibby Luck and some of the other girls had gotten 
up even earlier and they had put everything back by the 
time I arrived. Of course things weren't in their proper 
places, but wasn't that a nice thing for those girls to do." 

In 1930 the Book Shop moved into its present quarters, 
in its own building. Gifts were added to the stock and 
business in general kept on growing. The manager's duties 
grew in number, too, of course, but Miss Ruby doesn't 
talk about that. 

She has watched fads blossom and fade, fads in station- 
er)- and room accessories in particular. "Girls nowadays 
don't buy many pennants and pillow tops, and they used 
to be all the rage." She shakes her head over the modern 
girl's predilection for stuffed animals, but she supplies 
her wants in this direction nevertheless. 

A philosophy about fountain pens is another thing which 
Miss Ruby has acquired. "It really doesn't pay to keep 
expensive pens here and sell them to the girls, they go 
about losing them at such a great rate. Cheap pens are 
good enough for them" she affirms. 

A few years ago word was sent out that Miss Ruby 
could no longer wrap packages as gifts because it took 
so much time which she needed for her increasing burden 
of ordering and recording. Nothing came of it, though, 
because Miss Ruby could never resist an appeal for assis- 

Walkers All: Dr. Will, Miss Ruby, Miss Winnie, Mr. Ted. 

Sunday, May 1 8 — last month, that is — was Miss Ruby's 
day, as her brother, Ted Walker, remarked. She and Miss 
Winnie, who has assisted her in the Book Shop for several 
years, Dr. Will and Ted were the guests of the Faculty 
Committee on the Book Shop at dinner in the Refectory. 
Miss Ruby wore an orchid, sent to her by the students, 
and she was given a silver pin by the members of the 
committee. Later, on the lawn under the elm trees, many 
of her friends, students and faculty, came to greet her 
and to wish her well. 

When next fall comes, Helen McMahon will be the new 
manager of the Book Shop. But Miss Ruby plans to be 
there, too, "helping Helen in any way I can." That's good 
news for all her friends now on campus, and for all the 
alumnae who count a visit with Miss Ruby as one of the 
joys of coming back to Sweet Briar. And that means all 

Alumnae News 


• The gathering of the clans. Beginning Saturday morning 

and continuing until the hour before the graduation 
exercises, alumnae kept arriving. 

• The annual meeting of the Alumnae Association, Satur- 

day afternoon. Mrs. Scott read the president's report; 
Helen McMahon summarized the progress of the As- 
sociation during the years there has been an executive 
secretary-treasurer; Miss Dee Long and Mrs. 
Bernice Lill spoke on Admission, its workings, its 
joys and its heartaches; Gerry Mallory, Alumnae 
Fund chairman since 1943, reported on the Fund's 
progress during the past four years. 

• President Lucas' Garden Party in the Boxwood Circle. A 

chance to meet the new president, one's former class- 
mates and former teachers. 

• Alumnae Dinner. The Refectory was decorated most 

effectively with flowers and greens. Louise Hammond 
Skinner created a beautiful centerpiece for the head 
table. Dr. Harley sat with her class, 1932. Miss Ruby 
sat at the "high table" as the only member of the 
staff who is retiring this year. Miss Lucas spoke about 
the crisis in education, with ever increasing numbers 
of students, fewer teachers, the great need of giving 
more and more people, children and adults, the best 
possible kind of education. She pointed out how all 
this affects Sweet Briar, and then answered questions 
asked by alumnae. Douglas Woods Sprunt, '42, was 
toastmistress. Mrs. Scott formally inducted the Class 
of 1947 into the Association. 

• Baccalaureate Service on Sunday morning in the newly- 

decorated chapel. The Rev. C. Leslie Glenn, St. 
John's Church, Washington, preached on Holidays 
and Holy Days. The Choir and its director, G. Noble 
Gilpin, won great praise and contributed in large 
measure to the beauty of the service. 

• Meeting of club presidents and representatives, Sunday 

afternoon. A most enthusiastic meeting, stimulating 
good discussions and bringing to light lots of good 
ideas to be put into effect at club meetings next year. 

• Final step-singing in the Quadrangle. The seniors sang 

and sang, '42 contributed one of its favorites, and 
the alumnae song, as usual, brought down the house. 

• Vespers in the West Dell. Miss Lucas' inspiring sermon 

and its application to Sweet Briar made this an un- 
usually impressive event. 

• Class Reunion Suppers. 1917 gathered at Bertha Pfister 

Wailes' home at Mount San Angelo. Prof. Ivan Mc- 
Dougle, now teaching at Goucher, came from Balti- 
more to spend the day with his class, 1922. They had 
supper at the Boat House; other groups picnicked 
in the Dell. 

• Lantern Night. The moon was bright, the songs were 

appropriate and the alumnae enjoyed re-living their 
memories of other Lantern Nights at Sweet Briar. 

• Commencement, Monday morning. Dr. George F. Zook, 

president of the American Council on Education, 

spoke on "Living in the New World". Miss Lucas' 

brief and telling message to the graduates closed the 

Gifts to the College 

Before reading the list of gifts presented to the college 
during the past year, President Lucas expressed thanks on 
behalf of Sweet Briar as follows: 

"At this, the end of my first year's service at Sweet 
Briar College, I want to take occasion to express my per- 
sonal gratitude and the indebtedness of this college to 
many people: to the members of our Board of Overseers 
for wise guidance and unselfish giving of their time to the 
business of this college; to the members of our Faculty 
and Staff for distinguished service to Education and for 
more than full measure of loyal and constructive support; 
to all of our students, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and 
seniors, for their thoughtfulness, good humor, and fine 
cooperation; to our many Sweet Briar alumnae for their 
generous and inspired response to our solicitation of their 
ideas and their support of our growing educational pro- 
gram; to Sweet Briar's many friends for faith in our ideals 
and encouragement of our efforts in their fulfillment; and 
finally to the parents of our students for the privilege and 
pride — and downright pleasure — of having their daughters 
w ; th us at Sweet Briar." 

Alumnae Fund gift to current income $12,500.00 

Alumnae gifts to Mary K. Benedict Scholarship 

Fund 200.00 

Additions to the endowment of the Carter Glass 

Chair of Government 13,025.00 

Students' Book Shop, for Endowment 5,000.00 

For the May Weaver Scholarship, by Mr. Robert 
A. Weaver, member, Board of Overseers of 
Sweet Briar College 4,62 5.00 

Student Funds Committee, for Endowment . . 1,03 9.62 

Nan and Nancy Parrott Askew Fund for World 

From Miscellaneous donors 1,660.00 

From the Class of 1947 375.00 

Other miscellaneous gifts to Endowment .... 2,418.75 

From The Patch Box, for the Auditorium Fund 229.08 

Outstanding gifts to the Mary Helen Cochran Library: 

The English Club of Sweet Briar for the pur- 
chase of books of plays $20.00 

The French Embassy — 22 books and 54 periodicals. 
Mrs. J. R. Goodwin of Amherst, Virginia — 10 volume 
set of Stoddard's Lectures. 

The Japanese-American Citizens League, through Mr. 
Mike Masaoka, 4 books. 

The Jewish-Chautauqua Society — 14 books. 

Mr. D'Arcy McNickle, field representative to the Com- 
missioner of Indian Affairs — 9 books. 

Mrs. Clarence B. Rogers, cx'13, of Atlanta, Ga. — Smith- 
sonian Series in 12 volumes, several volumes of 
fiction and subscriptions to World Report and 
United Nations World. 

The University of North Carolina — Sesquicentennial 

June, 1947 


Eleven seniors in the class of 1947 were graduated with 
honors, as follows: Eleanor Hinds Bosworth, Memphis, 
magna cum laude; Eleanor Crumrine, Washington, Pa., 
cum laude; Shirley Gunter, Montgomery, Ala., magna 
cum laude with highest honors in Spanish and recognized 
allied subjects; Virginia Illges, Columbus, Ga., cum laude; 
Anne Philips Jackson, Richmond, cum laude; Alice Joseph, 
Montgomery, Ala., cum laude with high honors in Spanish 
and recognized ailed subjects; Mary Stuart McGuire, 
Richmond, cum laude; Margaret Munnerlyn, Jacksonville, 
Fla., cum laude; Katherine Street, Chattanooga, cum laude; 
Frances Baker Ulmer, Jacksonville, Fla., cum laude; La- 
Vonne Wright, Sedalia, Mo., with highest honors in Span- 
ish and recognized allied subjects. 

Shirley Gunter, Alice Joseph and LaVonne Wright were 
enrolled under the honors plan of study in Spanish during 
the last two years. Both Eleanor Crumrine and LaVonne 
Wright had straight A records this year. 

Susan Tucker, Corpus Christi, Texas, won the $100 
Freshman Honor Scholarship as the ranking member of 
that class; Ann Lane, Washington, D. C, was named for 
the Sophomore Honor Scholarship; Marion Bower, New 
\ork, won the Junior Honor Scholarship. She was also 
named as the holder of the Manson Memorial Alumnae 
Scholarship for 1947-48. 

Shortly after college closed, Margaret Munnerlyn, '47, 
and Maddin Lupton, '48, sailed for Europe, the former 
to attend special summer courses on European Civilization 
in the 2 0th Century at Oxford University for six weeks, 
and the latter to attend several student conferences in 
the Scandinavian countries. Maddin is representing Sweet 
Briar at the International Student Service Conference at 
Aarhus, Denmark, July 6-15 and then at the World Con- 
ference of Christian Youth in Oslo, Norway, July 22-3 0. 
She may also attend an international Y.W.C.A. meeting 
in Lundsberg, Sweden, the first week in August. 

Evelyn Lee Kagey, Lexington, Va., is the only Sweet 
Briar student who is planning to spend her junior year 

Six alumnae were present at Commencement to see their daughters 
get their degrees. They, are (standing and seated) the following: Mary 
Frances Raiff Wood, '20, and Mary Frances Wood, '47; Isabel Wood 
Holt, '19, and Julia Holt, '47; Eugenia Griffin Burnett, '10, and 
Judith Cary Burnett, '47; Edith Durrell Marshall, '21, and Ann Mar- 
shall, '47; Mattie Hammond Smith, '21, and Martha Smith, '47; Cor- 
nelia Carroll Gardner, '18, and Frances Gardner, '47. 

with the University .of Delaware Foreign Study Group in 
Geneva during the coming year. A graduate of Lexington 
High School, Evelyn is majoring in economics and plans 
to devote her year of study in Geneva to economics and 
government. Three Sweet Briar juniors, French majors, 
who are in Geneva this year, will be back on campus in 
the fall, as will the three who are at St. Andrews this 

Late this summer Sarah Porter Melcher, Philadelphia, and 
Martha Ann Query, Concord, N. O, will sail for England 
to enroll at St. Andrews. Three other juniors, Sarah Strick- 
land, Cincinnati, Nancy Jones, Jackson, Ohio, and Joan 
McCarthy, Glencoe, 111., will spend the coming year at 
the University of Mexico as members of the Smith College 
Croup there. 


Anne Webb 

This year's winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given in recog- 
nition of high spiritual qualities reflected in daily living, was Anne Neville 
Webb, Concord, New Hampshire, a member of the graduating class. Anne, who 
was the first to hold the Mary Kendrick Benedict Scholarship, has found time to 
maintain a good scholastic record, to take part in many activities, especially 
dancing and Paint and Patches' plavs, and to hold a job in the dining room 
throughout her four years in college. 

In presenting the award, Miss Lucas read the following citation: "The 
strength and maturity of your purpose for service; your resourcefulness in find- 
ing ways to express that purpose and simplicity and joy; your quiet force and 
serenity have been an inspiration to this community in your four years here. 
Because we are all grateful for the quickening example which we find in you, 
I confer upon you the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award." 

Alumnae News 


uc as 

yi/ieuaae to the IQ-l \^Jtaduafej 

I WANT to say a few words to the members of the 
Class of '47, upon whom I have just conferred the 
degree of Bachelor of Arts with all the rights and privi- 
leges appertaining thereto. What I have to say is not a 
flowery farewell to giddy girl graduates. I want to talk 
..bout those rights and privileges appertaining thereto. 

In the first place, they have nothing at all to do with 
any right to demand anything from other people or the 
expectation of having the world treat you as a "privileged" 
person who has been "educated" and therefore is to receive 
honor and glory from that time forth! Education is a life- 
long proceess, not a finished product trade-marked by the 
sign of the B.A. The liberal arts education can, at its best, 
only open for you the doors to the Realms of Gold. It is 
you who may now, of your own determination and self- 
discipline, enter in and share in the further great adventure 
of the mind. It is your life and your privilege to continue 
to educate yourselves the rest of your lives. 

Of course, it is possible and disturbingly easy to close 
the door which has opened, to relax back into what 

Socrates called "the unexamined life," which he believed 
was not worth living. This we call mental vegetation. It 
SJmetimes has a gaudy, fragrant flower. But it withers 

But there are other rights and privileges of which I 
must speak. There is the right to take one's place in the 
world as an adult, mature, responsible member of society, 
sharing the problems of other human beings and contrib- 
uting to the solution of those problems to the best of your 
energy, training, and liberal-mindedness. There is, finally, 
the privilege of accepting the tremendous challenge of our 
Time, the greatest challenge which the people of any period 
in history have faced. It is your privilege now to ally 
yourselves with the enlightened leadership of the world, 
to determine through vision, devotion and hard work 
whether the Race of Man is to survive on Planet Earth. 

As you set out now, endowed with these rights and 
privileges pertaining to the liberated mind, I wish for 
each of you success and joy. And may you have God's 
guidance and abiding presence every step of the way. 

Honor Scholarship Winners 

IN ADDITION to the academic honors claimed by grad- 
uates and the ranking members of the three lower 
classes, three special honors are annually announced at 
Commencement, the winners of the Manson and Benedict 

Scholarships and of 
the Sullivan Award. 
Marion Bower, 
New York and for- 
merly of Richmond, 
is to hold the Man- 
son Memorial Alum- 
nae Scholarship in 
1947-48. Meon, as 
she is known to her 
fellow students, is 
president of the Stu- 
dent Government 
Association and has 
acted in that ca- 
pacity since April. 
Editor of the Briar 
Patch this year, 
president o f h e r 
freshman class, a 
winner in swimming 
events, she is a 
member of Paint and 
Patches and of Tau 
Phi. On the aca- 
Marion Bomiik Isabel Dzung demic side she was 

on the Freshman Honor list two years ago, she has been 
named on the Dean's List consistently, and she won the 
$100 Junior Honor Scholarship this June as the ranking 
member of her class. Meon's sister, Ann, is a 1945 grad- 
uate of Sweet Briar. 

Isabel Dzung, Shanghai, China, has the honor of being 
the second holder of the Mary Kendrick Benedict Scholar- 
ship. Isabel entered Sweet Briar in February, 1946, after 
two years of study at the National Central University at 
Chungking. She soon began to take part in student activ- 
ities, singing in the Glee Club and in the Choir. She has 
given several distinguished chapel talks, she writes for the 
Brambler and for the Sure/ Briar News. Although she is 
majoring in English, art is one of her chief interests. During 
this year, Isabel has earned money for college expenses by 
lettering title cards for American movies that are to be 
sent to China. After she gets her Sweet Briar degree Isabel 
v. ..nts to study in Europe and then return to China to 

Two alumnae, Mary Moore Pancake, '32, and Elizabeth 
Vinkjerton Scott, '3 6, were among the speakers at two 
recent panel discussions concerning careers which were 
given under the auspices of the Personnel Committee. Mary 
Moore spoke on newspaper work and its possibilities and 
Elizabeth spoke on marriage. Earlier in the spring Harriet 
Willeox, '45, Lucile Cox, '3 6, and Nan Powell Hodges, 
'10, all appeared on a similar panel on teaching. 

June, 1947 

President's Report to The Alumnae Association 

YOUR Alumnae Council has met three times in 1947, 
in early November, late January, and in May — Thurs- 
day and Friday of this past week. In each case the larger 
part of two days has been devoted to work, discussion, 
and decision, in the Council as a whole, and in Committees 
appointed to do special tasks. 

During the first meetings in November plans were made 
fcr Alumnae Discussion Groups to develop along lines 
suggested by Miss Benedict's article, "Wake Up, Alumnae!" 
Launched with an initial joint meeting of Faculty, and 
Alumnae Council here at Sweet Briar in midwinter, the 
program, under the fine leadership of Kitty Blount Ander- 
sen, '2 6, has been gaining momentum and providing 
opportunity for alumnae to become informed and to express 
themselves about matters of educational and administrative 
policy of the college. Plans are made for additional meet- 
ings next year, and it is to be hoped that these discussion 
groups will continue through coming years to be a mental 
stimulation for alumnae and a source of valuable informa- 
tion for both college and alumnae, and so fulfill the high 
hopes with which they were undertaken. The Alumnae 
News will carry fuller reports of these discussion meetings 
as they are compiled. 

The report of the Fund Chairman indicates what prog- 
ress is being made in that vital part of our organization. 
The Association has been most fortunate in its retiring 
Fund Chairman, who through two terms of office has dis- 
played loyalty, diligence, and devotion to her task. The 
results of her efforts can speak for her. It is our privilege 
to announce that Gerry Mallory's successor, who has been 
here this week making studies in preparation for taking 
over her duties on July 1, is to be Marian Shanlcy Jacobs, 
'44. It is the belief of those of us who have been working 
with her that she will fill her office to the satisfaction and 
approval of the Alumnae Association. 

An immense amount of work has been done in organiz- 
ing and revitalizing our Alumnae Clubs. Our vice pres- 
ident, Edith Ditrrcll Marshall, '21, as Director of Clubs, 
has worked long and faithfully, and with encouraging 
results. Her report indicates that there are now approx- 
imately 3 5 clubs participating in alumnae activities. 
Twenty-five more clubs are in the process of being formed, 
and the list is growing. We have reports from 34 groups 
of meetings on Sweet Briar Day in which 468 alumnae 
participated. To simplify and expedite the work of the 
Director of Clubs, our Association has been divided into 
Regions, each of which is to have a Regional Director, 
v ho is prepared to give assistance to and keep informed 
about the activities of clubs in her region. It is the hope 
of the Alumnae Council that under this plan the value 
of our clubs to Alumnae and to the college will be im- 
measurably strengthened. 

Following a recommendation made by the previous 
council in January, 1946, a committee was formed to study 
the complete revision of the Constitution and its By-Laws. 
This Committee, under the chairmanship of Grace Merrick 
Twohy, '24, has worked ever since, making careful inves- 

tigations of the constitutions of similar associations, seek- 
ing advice from experts in the field, and it has presented 
to the Association proposals for a completely revised Con- 
stitution and By-Laws. Members of the Association have 
received copies of the proposals, together with a mail 
ballot, and the results of the balloting will be announced 
after the polls close at midnight tonight. 

In connection with the Constitutional revision, the 
Council has made an effort to clarify procedure and duties 
for various functions of the Association. This has taken 
the form of Handbooks, which have been approved by the 
Council, and arc ready to serve as guides for Clubs, Fund 
Chairmen, and Nominating Committees. They have been 
prepared with the greatest care, and it is our hope that 
they will simplify and facilitate the work of their depart- 
ments in the future. They will be bound together with the 
Constitution, to serve as ready reference to anyone who 
needs them. It is probably not possible to realize at casual 
glance how much work it has taken to prepare all these 
papers, but the Association is most fortunate to have had 
the services of Grace Merrick Twohy, Edith Durrell 
Marshall, Gerry Mallory, and Sally Shallenberger Brown, 
who worked faithfully in their preparation. 

Some of the Alumnae Council members who attended the final 
meetings of this year on May 29 and 3 are pictured in front of the 
gymnasium. The group includes Mary Huntington Harrison, '30; 
Sally Shallenberger Brown, '3 2; Elizabeth Pinkcrton Scott, '3 6; Amelia 
Hollh Scott, '29; Norvell Koyer Orgain, '30; Louise Hammond Skin- 
ner, '19; Marian Shanley Jacobs, '44; Edith Durrell Marshall, '21; 
Gerry Mallory, '33; Lucy Lloyd, '41; Adeline Jones Vorhees, '46; 
Eugenia Griffin Burnett, '10; Helen McMahon, '23; Isabel Wood 
Holt, '19; and Grace Merrick Twohy, '24. 

Alumnae News 

The Council was pleased to learn that plans were being 
made in the college offices for a long-time plan for sending 
visitors to address alumnae clubs and groups, and to visit 
secondary schools. This has for a long time been desired, 
but was prevented by the war. Already this year some 
of us have seen the gratifying results of this plan. 

Since 1938 our Alumnae Association has been most 
fortunate to have as its Executive-Secretary Helen 
McMahon, '23. Her services have been of inestimable 
value, in representing alumnae to the college and students, 
and the college and students to alumnae. She has worked 
modestly and quietly, with the greatest skill and loyalty, 
maintaining always the highest ideals for herself and for 
the Association. She has for several years been anxious 
to give up her work in the Alumnae Office as she felt that 
other obligations of hers conflicted too strongly with it. 
It was with real regret that her resignation was accepted 
to become effective on July 1, 1947. She leaves her office 
with the good wishes and deepest appreciation of all of us. 

To fill the office of Executive-Secretary the college and 
Alumnae Association have secured an alumna to whom 
they look with confidence and expectation. Harriet Shaw, 
'37, has been on campus since May 1st, preparing to take 
over her duties on July 1. She has already shown herself 
interested and valuable, and she will take office with the 
good wishes and active support of the Alumnae Council 
and Association. 

It would be impossible for the President to close her 
report without making public her appreciation of the 
services rendered to the Association by the Alumnae 
Council. Members of this body are put to considerable 
expense of time and money, which they give freely and 
gladly. It is true that service on the Council is rewarding 
in interest and stimulation, but this is a group which has 
worked hard and well, far beyond the everyday call of 
duty, and it is a privilege to serve with them. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Elizabeth Piukcrton Scott, '36, 

Report of the Alumnae Secretary 

FOR most of us our Alumnae Association is only 
one of a number of interests outside family, home, and 
job. As undergraduates we were often reminded that the 
reason for spending four years at Sweet Briar was "not 
to learn how to make a living but to develop a sense of 
values and learn how to make a life"; to make it more 
meaningful for others as well as ourselves than it would 
have been had we never gone to college. This more mean- 
ingful life should and does include a rich variety of activ- 
ities and interests among which rightfully belongs a deep 
concern for the progress of our own college. 

The development of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Asso- 
ciation has been slow but certain. 

Someone once said that alumnae organizations go 
through a growing pains period, in most cases lasting for 
twenty-five years. Though our association was formed 
in 1910, it was not until 1926 when the first resident 
Alumnae Secretary was appointed that alumnae activities 
and plans gained cohesion and a continuing unity of pur- 
pose. In its usefulness to the college during these twenty- 
one years the development of the association has been a 
source of pride to those of us who have worked closely 
with its governing council. 

The Association of Alumnae and Former Students of 
Sweet Briar College, formed in 1910, had four officers and 
an executive committee of four members, all elected at the 
annual meeting held at Sweet Briar in June. Active mem- 
bers paid dues of $1.00 annually and only one meeting was 
held, and that at Commencement. 

The alumnae in the first years of their organization were 
largely concerned with increasing the endowment of the 
college by $10,000, and forming alumnae "chapters", and 
the reports baldly state that "only those chapters which 
raise money are considered organized". In 1915, the record 
reads, "and now we start the new year with $100 in our 
treasury and unbounded zeal in our hearts". The concern 

over funds, and ways and means is constant. In 1916 
we find "one of the most important duties which devolve 
upon all alumnae is to interest other people in Sweet Briar. 
Many girls select a college at random. It is for us old 
girls to suggest Sweet Briar to these unsettled individuals". 
The establishment of the study plan for Alumnae Repre- 
sentatives on Admission coming at a much later date satis- 
fies this early desire of the alumnae to see that their college 
becomes well and favorably known. 

Prior to the establishment of an alumnae office with 
Katharyn Norris, '26, as resident Alumnae Secretary in 
September 192 6, there were approximately only 200 dues- 
paying members. In June 1929, the Treasurer's Report 
records 400 active members and 136 Life Members, a 
tctal of 536! 

Today there are 1802 graduates, 293 5 non-graduates and 
926 Academy and special alumnae with 1395 active mem- 
bers, who were contributors to the Alumnae Fund in 

In 1923 the name of the association was changed to Swett Briar 
Alumnae Association in order to make no distinction between graduates 
and non-graduates. Until this time the constitution provided that 
"former students of the Academy are eligible to auxiliary membership 
in the Association and all the privileges pertaining thereto, except that 
of holding office." In 1958 this ruling had been changed and an 
Academy alumna has served on the Alumnae Council since that time. 

Until 1920 officers were elected at each annual meeting for a term 
of one year and thereafter they were elected for two-year terms, with 
the privilege of re-election for a second term. 

The constitution has undergone extensive revision several times. 
Provision for voting by mail was not made until 1933. 

The most significant change, approved by the alumnae in 1940, 
provided for an enlarged Alumnae Council; from 4 officers, 5 members 
at large, 3 honorary members (8 voting members) to 4. officers, 16 
members at large. 3 ex-officio members (19 voting members). The 
nominating committee, located in one designated city since 1936, 
sought to include representation from a wide geographic area and 
with a wide class distribution of candidates. Prior to this time the 

June, 1947 

Harriet Shaw, '37, the new Executive Secretary -Treasurer of the 
Alumnae Association, chats with Helen McMahon, '23, whom she is 
succeeding in that position. 

committee had geographic and class distribution which resulted in 
the chairman having to do all of the work, since the committee held 
no actual meetings but transacted business by mail. 

A much-needed revision of the Constitution and By-Laws for the 
Alumnae Association has been approved this year. 

The work of the Alumnae Association has centered 
largely around the activities discussed in topic form: 

Alumnae Council 

The Alumnae Council has held three meetings each year 
since 1932-33, except during the war years, 1942, 1943, 
1944. An alumna who serves on the Council is urged to 
take the examination for Alumnae Representatives on 
Admission, and she concerns herself with college matters 
generally — the trends in other women's colleges as well 
as those at Sweet Briar. 

She visits classes, talks with many students who are 
running affairs now, studies the catalogue, and is genuinely 
concerned with the problems and progress of the college. 
She knows too that she is involved in a costly contribution 
because she must pay her own traveling expenses and in 
many instances she must engage someone else to look after 
the children during her absence. It is most fortunate for 
us that our alumnae are willing to do this. In addition 
they support the annual Alumnae Fund in a liberal manner. 
They fully admit that they go home after three strenuous 
days "physically exhausted, but stimulated and refreshed 
in mind". There is every reason to be proud of this group 
of alumnae who count it an honor and a privilege to work 
hard in the interests of their college. I cannot adequately 
express my wholehearted admiration for them during my 
term in the Alumnae Office. 

Alumnae Members of the Board of Overseers 

In 1915, a small band of earnest alumnae saw no reason 
why the alumnae should not have representation on the 
governing board of the college, so a petition was sent to 
the Board of Directors. The Board did not have the right 
to enlarge its membership at that time, but did set up an 

Advisory Committee made up of "influential persons who 
might become interested in Sweet Briar", and asked some 
alumnae to serve on this committee. 

In 193 3 the Alumnae Council appealed a second time 
to the Board of Directors for alumnae representation on 
the Board of Overseers and the request was granted. In 
1934, the first two alumnae representatives, Elizabeth 
Franke Balls, '13, and Martha Lee Williamson, '25, were 
nominated by the Alumnae Association and elected by the 
Board of Overseers for a six-year term. 



In 1915 our enthusiastic alumnae proposed that 28 
alumnae "chapters" be formed in the principal cities of 
this country. Their enthusiasm was dampened considerably 
when only 10 active groups could be listed in 1916. The 
ladies had stormy, disillusioning times for many years, and 
in 1924-25 only 7 "chapters" could honestly list live 
officers. These, — Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Phila- 
delphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and Washington, have 
persisted through the years, with one exception. New York 
alumnae have been alternately active and inactive. 

There is constant repetition throughout the reports of 
the Alumnae Council, the annual meetings of the Alumnae 
Association, and the annual report of the Alumnae Secre- 
tary, that "something must be done to give purpose and 
life to our alumnae clubs." 

All chapters (called clubs after 1923) were assessed $25.00 annually 
from June 1927, for the purpose at first of helping to pay the salary 
of the Alumnae Secretary; later this fund was credited to the Manson 
Memorial Scholarship. It was hoped that this assessment would en- 
courage clubs to bestir themselves to work together on some project. 
A club page giving regular activity reports was included in the 
Alumnae News in 193 2, though there are earlier reports of clubs. 

Many groups began . to entertain incoming freshmen at this time. 
In 193 S an extensive program instituted by the Registrar's Office 
encouraged club assistance in arranging exhibits of college literature, 
pictures, etc., in their local secondary schools in connection with 
visits by the Registrar, President, or Dean, 

A Director of Alumnae Clubs seemed the answer to club woes, so 
in 193! Mary WlacSonaW Reynolds, '30, was appointed to fill this 
demanding and important position, in which capacity she served for 
three years. Her correspondence with club presidents throughout the 
period, encouraging them to support the program of the Association, 
was undoubtedly very helpful. However, the weakness of this pro- 
gram was that the Club Director had no budget for promotion work, 
personal visits, etc. 

The first Club Representatives' Meeting was held at 
Sweet Briar during Commencement in 1939 and each year 
thereafter until the war when reunions were discontinued. 
An exchange of ideas, encouragement in the similarity of 
their experiences, and a growing belief that the work of 
the alumnae clubs was of genuine value to the college 
made these meetings well worth-while. These meetings 
will be resumed this year. 

In 1939-40 the emphasis was placed on: participation 
by alumnae clubs in community and cultural affairs; serious 
effort in getting information about Sweet Briar to good 
prospective students; upon alumnae becoming, individually, 
through their clubs, as well informed as possible about 
their college; the sponsoring of one large project of a 
superior type rather than a series of small affairs. 


Alumnae Neus 

An Alumnae Club Handbook in tentative form, prepared 
by Polly Bisscll Ridler and the Alumnae Secretary, was 
sent in November, 1941, to 41 club presidents and to Sweet 
Briar Day chairmen if there was a group large enough to 
form an active club. The handbook, adaptable for small 
or large clubs, set forth the definitions and objections of 
u club; organization, officers, standing committees, sug- 
gestions for program and money-making projects. This 
handbook in revised form will be sent to all Alumnae Clubs 
in the near future. 

In 1941-42, Patch Snatches, a college news sheet, edited 
by Mary Marks, '3 5, during the year she served as Alumnae 
Fund Chairman on campus, was sent to all clubs in Sep- 
tember, November, January, March, and May. This inno- 
vation was enthusiastically received by the clubs and should 
certainly be revived. 

This year the alumnae clubs embarked on probably the 
most ambitious overall program yet attempted by Sweet 
Briar clubs, with meetings scheduled to take place in 
March and May in some 5 cities throughout the country. 
They met to discuss the material provided for them with 
the cooperation of the President, the Dean, and the 
Alumnae Secretary. This program has long been in making 
and it is most heartening to see it a reality. The generous 
assistance and encouragement of Miss Lucas, Mrs. Lyman, 
and members of the faculty, and the alumnae response 
to our suggestions will be among the most satisfying 
memories held by this Alumnae Secretary. 

The calendar of events in connection with the program 
which Miss Lucas has said calls for "taking stock of our- 
selves and re-evaluating the ends and means of a liberal 
arts education" is listed. 

February 2 5 Letter to all club chairmen (57) from Edith Ditrrell 
Marshall, Director of Alumnae Clubs. 

February 26 February Alumnae News containing an account of 
the faculty-alumnae discussion. 

March 3 Packet mailed to all Club Chairman from the 

Alumnae Office containing: 

1. Complete, corrected list of all alumnae in 
local community. 

2. Letter from Kitty Blount Andersen outlining 
the program. 

3. 4-5 copies of article. Liberal Education at 
Sweet Briar, by Miss Lucas. 

4. Bibliography of suggested background read- 
ing prepared by Mrs. Lyman. 

5. Copies of questions discussed by the Alumnae 
Council and faculty. 

6. Copies of Education at Sleeet Briar. 

7. Copies of the Inauguration Bulletin. 

8. The October and February Alumnae News: 

March 15-30 Meetings scheduled by alumnae with Miss Lucas* 
article. Liberal Education at Sweet Briar, the subject 
for discussion. 

April Alumnae News carried report of meetings held to 

date and a reprint of the articles by Miss Lucas and 
Mrs. Lyman. 

May 1-15 Second alumnae club meeting scheduled with Mrs. 
Lyman's article the subject of discussion. 

June 1 Club Presidents' and Representatives' meeting at 

Sweet Briar. 

October Report of program to date in Alumnae News. 

Third alumnae club meeting to study article by 
Mrs. Lill, Admission Procedures and Policy. 

Si' eet Briar D</) 

First instituted by the Alumnae Association in 1922, 
Sweet Briar Day is celebrated on December 2 8 each year, 
unless that day falls on Sunday. It is similar to Founder's 
Day celebrations observed by other colleges and is believed 
to be unique in its universal observance on the same day 
by Sweet Briar alumnae and students. 

The celebration takes the form of a luncheon or tea 
to which the students are invited to join with the alumnae 
and to bring them current college news. Members of the 
administration, faculty, and staff wherever they are at 
this time are always invited to join the group and often 
are asked to speak informally. 

The day has been celebrated in as many as 75 cities 
in this country and in eight foreign countries, with a 
total attendance of as many as 12 50 alumnae. 

In recent years a student from each city where a cele- 
bration is to be held is asked by the Alumnae Secretary 
to give definite college news which has been assembled in 
mimeographed form. 

Alumnae Reunions 

Alumnae reunions are held at the college each year at 
Commencement for the first and every 5 years thereafter. 
The Dix system of reunions was tried for a brief period, 
but due to the small classes and small numbers returning, 
it was given up and the five-year plan resumed. Until 
1946, the alumnae were guests of the college during Com- 
mencement, i.e., with no charge for their room and board. 
During the war years, 1943, '44, and '45, no reunions 
were held because of the government request that such 
meetings be omitted for the duration. 

The numbers of returning alumnae have increased from 
a scant 20 recorded in 1923 to 163 in 1940. Since alumnae 
must be housed in the dormitories vacated by students, 
there can be no large increase over the number accom- 
modated in 1940. 

The shortened Commencement week-end allows time 
only for two special alumnae events, the annual meeting 
of the Alumnae Association on Saturday afternoon and 
the Alumnae Dinner for the seniors on Saturday night. 
Class reunion suppers or picnics are planned for Sunday 

Alumnae College 

An Alumnae College after Commencement, considered 
and very much desired by the Alumnae Council, has never 
materialized, but the alumnae-sponsored lectures during 
this week (prior to 1942) have been well-received by alum- 
nae and by parents here for their daughters' graduation. 
The speakers and their subjects are listed: 

1937 Professor Lucy S. Crawford — A Philosophical Approach. 
193 8 Professor Ewing C. Scott — New Chemicals in Modern 

193 9 Alumnae play — Loic's Labour Lost. 

1941 Dean Lyman — The Liberal Arts College and the Crisis. 

1942 Margaret Grant, '15 — Sweet Briar Through a Telescope. 

Alumnae Publications 

The first publication on record was Sweet Briar Topics, 
published in April, 1912, by the New York Chapter of 

June, 1947 


Former Students of Sweet Briar College and distributed 
to alumnae in June 1913. 

From 1913-16, a minute booklet, 2% x 5 l /z inches, was published 
by the Association. It contained reports by the President, the Treasurer, 
an account of the annual meeting, ways and means of raising money 
for endowment, college news, local chapter notes, and a list of all 
students, former and current. 

In 1917, an enlarged publication, 4' 4 x 6 inches, was presented to 
dues-paying members. This form persisted until 1926, when an 
Alumnae Bulletin, printed under the college bulletin permit and paid 
for by the alumnae, was issued several times during the academic year. 

Then in 1932 the format was changed with a distinctive black cover 
with the seal and new title Sweet Briar Alumnae News in green. 
Articles of general interest written by alumnae and faculty members, 
with additional material from other college writers and officers of the 
American Alumni Council, plus the ever-important class notes section 
made the Alumnae News a very creditable publication. 

In June 193 5, the Alumnae News was awarded a blue 
ribbon by the American Alumni Council for its "con- 
sistently large numbers of interesting feature stories dealing 
with the activities of Sweet Briar graduates and for the 
way in which the articles were presented and illustrated." 

In 1941-42, just ten years after the first real magazine, 
a complete change of format took place, resulting in a 
large magazine, 8 l /i x 1 1 inches, with pictorial covers 
printed in green ink. Campus scenes, buildings, and student 
pictures have been used for the covers. The larger magazine 
enabled us to introduce greater variety and to use more 
pictures for which cuts were already available. The Briar 
Patch and Br am bier have been sources of interesting pic- 
tures from time to time. 

New features are constantly being tried and two of the 
most successful have been the president's page, one of our 
most popular features contrary to the findings of other 
college magazines, and student edited issues in April 1943 
and 1944. The editor of the Sweet Briar News worked 
closely with the Alumnae Secretary on these issues. 

During the war, the names of all alumnae in the services 
were printed on the back cover of the News and articles 
and pictures concerning their work and experiences were 
used in at least two of the four issues each year. 

Reunions on paper were a feature of the June 1943, '44, 
and '45 issues. These included fairly comprehensive reports 
of the entire membership of the reunion classes and some 

Excerpts from President Glass' annual report to the 
Board of Overseers were printed for the first time for the 
alumnae in June 1939. 

A study of the complete file of the Table of Contents 
reveals a creditable variety and quality of news, in addition 
to reports of events of significance in Sweet Briar history, 
all printed in our constant efforts to "present the college 
as it is" to the alumnae and ether readers. 
The Alumnae Fund 

"The Alumnae Fund," wrote the first publicity chair- 
man for the Fund, in October '34, "was adopted in June 
1.933 to supersede the outworn system of dues as a means 
of giving to the college and supporting the Alumnae Asso- 

"Many colleges have turned to this method because 
in it they have found a means whereby alumni could more 
adequately express their loyalty to their college and their 

faith in its present as well as in its future, for the pro- 
ceeds of each year's fund become the benefits of the future 
for successive generations of students." 

In the first year of the Sweet Briar Fund, 16' i of the 
alumnae contributed — gave $1,387.25, an average gift of 
$3.00, an acknowledged triumph since alumnae dues had 
been $2.00. 

The geographic area plan was tried for one year but was abandoned 
in favor of the class agent system. Class agents were secured for the 
classes 1910 through 1934 and for the ex-students of '3!, '36 and '37. 
The end of the first trial year of the class agent system was completed 
with an increase of 156 gifts over the first year's total. 

During 1937-38 and 1938-39 the alumnae had given over $9,000, 
designated for the Library. 

In 1939-40 the Fund adopted a one-year plan of allowing contribu- 
tions to be designated for one of 8 projects: scholarships, buildings 
and grounds, the library, faculty salaries, alumnae office, annuity plan 
for faculty, faculty leaves, an unrestricted gift to the college, with 
an overwhelming preference indicated for the unrestricted gift. 

In 1941-42, the Fund Chairman directed the work from Sweet Briar 
as a member of the office staff, a most satisfactory arrangement. That 
year the Fund became more firmly established and better organized. 
There was possible for the first time a better understanding of college 
needs and an opportunity to interpret them intelligently to the Class 
Fund Agents. 

In 1942-43 a $10.00 war stamp book with an especially designed 
cover was the form of alumnae appeal. The number of pledges to be 
paid by May 1 5 increased remarkably with the stamp book plan. The 
Fund was designated this year for Endowment. 

In 1943-44 and 1944-4.5, the $18.75 war stamp books were used 
with an option given to alumnae of making a cash gift, war stamps, 
or bonds. Bonds were purchased for the Endowment Fund of the 
college and the cash gifts were an unrestricted gift. 

There were several encouraging notes during this period; 
the number of contributions noticeably increased; the size 
of contributions increased even more noticeably. The 
average gift had increased from $2.90 in '33-'34 to $6.50 
in 1943-44, with approximately 50 gifts of $18.75 (filled 
stamp books) and a number larger than this. In 1940-41, 
two-thirds of the gifts were under $5.00; in 1943-44, 
only one-quarter of the gifts were under $5.00. 

In 1944-45, the Fund projects were two-fold, with the 
alumnae who were in college from 1906 through 1916 
contributing to the Benedict Scholarship Fund to honor 
Sweet Briar's first president, Dr. Mary K. Benedict, and 
the classes of 1920-1944 making an unrestricted gift to 
the college. 

The Benedict Scholarship Fund provides an endowed 
scholarship "for an upperclass student of high academic 
standing and personal integrity, who has shown in her 
college experience a purpose for service". This Fund is 
now $13,409, the gift of alumnae, faculty, and friends 
of Miss Benedict. 

In addition the general fund was more successful than 
in any one year since its establishment in 1933; the final 
figure was $11,382.28. The total of alumnae giving in 
1944-45, including both funds, was $23,847.28. 

The 1945-46 Fund, a gift of $21,333.80 to the College 
Endowment Fund was made in honor of Miss Glass, who 
completed twenty-one years at Sweet Briar with the year 
of her retirement. 

The Fund record of fourteen years, included in a 
number of reports on file in the office, deserves careful 
study which will reveal a number of interesting facts: 


Alumnae New: 

a) It has been customary to send at least 2 general Fund mailings 
each year from the office to all alumnae, with many pages devoted 
to the Fund in the magazine, Sweet Briar Day, and Commencement 
mailings. Personal acknowledgement of all gifts has been made by the 
Alumnae Secretary. When the budget allowed, an extra mailing has 
gone to non-contributors in April. 

b) The Alumnae Fund Chairman serves without enumeration and 
often has paid all of her own expenses by contributing this amount 
to the Fund. 

c) The Class Tund Agents, almost without exception, contribute 
the postage and other expenses involved in. letters written to remind 
the class of the Fund, in addition to making a monetary gift. 

A comparision of the first and last year's Fund figures 
is noted here: 

1933-34 710 contributors gave $ 2,118.25 

(including 120 Life members) 
1945-46 1392 contributors gave $21,333.80 
The report last year shows that 1 5 classes improved 
their contributor percentage and that more large gifts 
($500 to $1,000) were received than in any previous year 
except the large gifts made to the Benedict Fund. It also 
shows that the bulk of the Fund is made up of a larger 
number of average gifts. 

Alumnae-Student Relations 

Alumnae-Student Relations, a most important part of 
every alumnae secretary's schedule of activities, have been 
most pleasant and rewarding. 

The Sweet Briar News has had an alumnae column since 
1933, its quality depending largely upon the amount of 
lime given by someone in the Alumnae Office to making 
suggestions and assembling the material. In 1939-40 a 
series of articles prepared in the Alumnae Office presented 
the history of the Alumnae Association, its purpose, the 
governing council, the Alumnae Fund, the Manson 
Memorial Scholarship, the Alumnae News, a description 
of the records kept in the Alumnae Office, a series of 
questions on college history and traditions, and a com- 
parison of the college careers of several alumnae mothers 
and daughters. 

Many students come to the Alumnae Office for infor- 
mation, advice, and suggestions in regard to college 
customs and traditions. 

The Alumnae Secretary has been invited to speak at convocation, 
and at senior class meetings. At these meetings there is opportunity for 
explaining how, after college, as new alumnae they may become 

actively identified with the alumnae clubs; their responsibilities as 
the representatives of Sweet Briar wherever they are in the world; their 
responsibility as returning alumnae visitors to the college, and a host of 
other things. 

Meetings with the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors were held for 
several years and the Alumnae Secretary told them of the history and 
traditions of the college, the aims and purposes of the Alumnae 
Association, etc. 

The presidents of student organizations and the executive com- 
mittee of student government have been invited to dinner with the 
Alumnae Council once each year since 1940. 

Several issues of the Alumnae News have been distributed freely 
to interested students each year. 

I would make three wishes for Sweet Briar alumnae as 
I leave this office where I have served for nine years and 
have observed with mingled emotions your expressed de- 
votion, affection, irritation, and concern for your college. 

Be proud of your college and what it has stood for and 
what it has become in the educational world in its brief 

Study, be intelligently informed about Sweet Briar, so 
that you will proudly defend the college rather than 
apologetically assume that the college has "let you down." 

Consider giving to the Alumnae Fund, your annual 
gift to Sweet Briar, an opportunity — less a matter of 
money than of being aware of the part that we as alumnae 
are privileged to play in the support of the college. 

The Alumnae Association is your organization, and it 
is perhaps presumptuous of me to thank you for your 
interest and concern and your support of your own organ- 

However, during my years in the Alumnae Office, I have 
been increasingly impressed with the growing devotion of 
many alumnae to the college and your efforts to help make 
the Sweet Briar association an organization of educational 

Thank you every one, the Alumnae Council, class offi- 
cers, fund agents, class secretaries — the list is too long 
to enumerate you singly — for your generous assistance, 
constant encouragement, and many thoughtful gestures. 
I know you will give my successor, Harriet Shaw, the same 
fine cooperation you have given me. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Helen H. McMahon. 


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June, 1947 


Commencement Vesper Service 

By President Lucas 

I have sometimes thought as I've walked in the hills 
overlooking our campus, of Spinoza's conception of the 
ultimate goal of human life: seeing all things "under a 
certain aspect of eternity." As we walk through the 
villeys, we can see ahead only as far as the next turn. 
To see what lies behind us we must turn our heads. What 
lies beyond the hills and pas: a clump of trees we cannot 
see at all but only guess. But imagine our vision elevated, 
so that we can get a bird's eye view of the surrounding 
landscape at a single glance. Now we can see past the 
next turn in the road, beyond the woods and over the hill. 
We can even see ourselves walking along the valley road. 

In other words, we now have full vision of our surround- 
ings in their entirety, in their true perspective — and of 
our relation to them. We have been partly freed from 
limitations of space and time and from the comparative 
blindness of our customary view of that small part of the 
world which lies immediately around us. We begin to see 
the things of this world, to put it into Spinoza's words, 
"under the aspect of eternity," or each thing in its proper 
place in the infinite being of God. 

It would be Spinozistically symbolic if we had built 
our college at different elevations according to classes, 
with Freshmen in the valleys, Sophomores on the rolling 
uplands, Juniors perhaps on Paul's Mountain, and the 
august, all-seeing Seniors out on Kentucky Ridge. It is 
our earnest hope, however, that these Seniors who take 
their degrees at Sweet Briar tomorrow have escaped from 
the lowlands of prejudice and short-sightedness and gained 
the elevation of perspective and breadth of vision. This 
progress is the true test of liberal education. 

Some students at Yale University recently made a 
significant comment to a visiting philosopher. The philos- 
opher happened to be a young lady from France, Simone 
ce Beauvoir, of the muchly-talked-of Existentialist coterie. 
She has been traveling around our country this year, 
speaking and observing much, as philosophers are wont 
to do. It is in her parting critique of America, of our 
life and thought and works, that Simone de Beauvoir 
quotes the Yale lads. They said to her: 

"We want to go to Paris for a while so that 

we may see things from some perspective; 

we have not been able to decide what our 

problems are. All we know is that we have 

no solution for them." 

As Simone de Beauvoir sees it, "the young American 

generally lacks a sense of personal accomplishment. He 

does not want to do great things because he is not aware 

that there are great things to be done. As a result of 

having failed to achieve a concrete bond with the world, 

most of them feel a great inner emptiness; they feel the 

abstractness of a contentless freedom: it makes them giddy; 

they look for a way out." 

Now these are hard words. But is is good to see our- 
selves as others see us. Of course, it's true that Simone 
de Beauvoir has not visited Sweet Briar. She has not 

stood with all of us on our hills and looked out over the 
world. Still, I believe that her solution is as valid for 
us as for the rest of America. She concludes her critique 
of our country by saying that the hope of America lies 
not in the Atomic Bomb and not in the TVA — but in 
the uneasy hearts of the Ex-G.I.'s and in the hearts of 
thousands of young people. It lies in the consciousness of 
our youth suddenly become aware of what the Spanish 
philosopher Unamuno has called "the tragic sense of life," 
— dedicating themselves to the service of humanity. 

Now all of this is, to my way of thinking, very closely 
connected with religion. For it is religion which, I believe, 
must be the in-between step, the step up from the tragic 
sense of life to that of responsible determination to serve 
man's mind and man's freedom. It's a matter of historical 
fact that the significant developments in the religions of 
mankind have come in the times of tragedy, of national 
travail and personal anguish. In the records of our Hebrew 
Christian culture, we can trace the development of the 
concept of God from the earliest ideas of a jealous, angry, 
bribeable, tyrannical, tribal diety — on down the ages to 
the intuition of infinite and eternal Divine Reality of 
absolute justice and perfect love. The great seers of the 
Old Testament found God not in the hours of triumph 
but in the years of tragedy, of cruel wars and bitter exile. 
The birthplace of the Moral God was not in idyllic Gardens 
of Eden but in the dismal depths of human despair and 
suffering: in the "tragic sense of life", down through the 
ages. Not that God has changed with our changing ideas, 
but that we have changed as we have matured in insight 
and experience. 

These are indeed desperate days in which we are living, 
days which should inspire all sensitive, intelligent human 
beings with this "tragic sense of life." There are great 
things which must be done if we as individuals and as 
a people are to serve the future of humanity. But what 
of that middle step: what God-idea, what great and abid- 
ing faith can give us the vision of what we must do and 
the strength and the determination to carry through? 

Rabbi Joshua Liebman of Boston has given his answer 
to that question in his book, Peace of Mind, which has 
held first place on America's non-fiction reading list for 
sometime and which I suppose most of you have already 
read. Rabbi Liebman puts it this way: 

"We must be brave enough to declare that 
every culture must understand God in its own 
terms rather than rely upon outworn tradition — 
The church — can help men everywhere to resist 
the economic and political slavery threatening 
to engulf human dignity and freedom, by teach- 
ing belief in a God who wants cooperation not 
submission, partnership not surrender. — We need 
to look upon God as the Power who needs our 
collaboration and who looks to man to be His 
mature partner in the developing evolution of 
a better world." 


Alumnae News 

Liebman believes this concept of God is the psycho- 
logically mature idea for our time, that only this concept 
can put an end to what he sees as the cultural and 
spiritual lag of our Age. Perhaps it is with such an idea 
ol ourselves — as co-workers in very fact with an infinite!)' 
just and loving God — that we shall find the inspiration 
to dedicate our lives and work to the proposition that 
Mankind shall survive in a world of peace and goodwill. 
It is our hope that the years at Sweet Briar have brought 
at least partial understanding of what it means to see the 
world "under the aspect of eternity", and life in its "tragic 
sense." But we shall have failed in our larger purpose if we 
have not also awakened in our students a new and vital 
comprehension of the meaning of God in human life. Our 
true success depends upon their seeking to realize through 
their homes, churches, communities, and professional and 
business careers the vital partnership they share with God. 


Father of all Mankind, we pray for all men every- 
where today. 
Teach us through Thy love to know Thy way. 
In this hour of crisis we humbly confess our sins: 
Our pride, our prejudice, our lazy ignorance 
which make us loath to see Thy kingdom come 
Or Thy will for earth be done. 

Free our minds from servitude to sins of selfishness. 
Free our hearts from hate by filling us with love. 
Enter our minds, we pray, and set our hearts on fire. 
Give us, every one, the courage and the strength 
To share the building of a better world. 
Infuse us with Thy love that, blindly finite as we are, 
We blind men of the world may share the light 
Which puts all barriers down — and 
In Thine all-embracing love, find lasting peace. 


May the Lord be with us and guide us, 
as we go our way, 

working with Him for a world of peace 
and good will among all mankind. 

Reading List for Alumnae 

Out of two group discussions held by alumnae clubs 
this spring — in Lynchburg and Boston — came specific 
requests for reading lists, similar to those which appeared 
in the Alumnae News several years ago. Alumnae 
wanted a representative listing of current books, chiefly 
those which would help them to gain further insight into 
contemporary problems in education as well as in other 

The following list, compiled from suggestions submitted 
by four members of the community who read widely, is 
presented in answer to these alumnae requests: 

Arnall, Ellis G. — The Shore Dimly Seen — Lippincott. 
Barker, Ernest — The Politics of Aristotle — Oxford. 

Brooks, Cleanth — The Well-Wrought Urn — Reynal, 

1947 — (poetry). 

Cohn, David — This is the Story — Houghton, Mifflin. 

Dunn, Leslie C. and Dobzhansky — HEREDITY, Race and 
Society — Penguin Books, Inc., 1946. 

Evans, Bergen — The Naturai History of Nonsense 
— Knopf, 1946. 

Fischer, John — Why They Behavi Like Russians — 
Harper, 1946. 

Godden, Rumer — The River — Little, Brown Co., 1946— 
(fiction) . 

Hayek, Friedrich A. — The Road to Serfdom — University 
of Chicago Press, 1944. 

Johnson, Burges — Campus Vfrsus Classroom — I. Wash- 
burn, Inc., 1946. 

Koestler, Arthur — The Yogi and the Commissar — 
Macmillan, 1945. 

Kravchenko, Victor A. — I Chose Freedom — C. Scrib- 
ner's Sons, 1946. 

Iowenstein — Germans in History — Columbia Univer- 
sity Press, 1 94 "> . 

Lumpkin, Katharine — The Making of a Southerner 
— Knopf, 1947. 

Northrop, F.S.C. — The Meeting of East and West — 
Macmillan, 1946. 

Palmer, John — Comic Characters of Shakespeare — 
Macmillan, 1947. 

Sit well, Osbert — The Scarlet Tree — Little, Brown Co., 

Stewart, George R. — Man, An Autobiography — Ran- 
dom House, 1946. 

Toynbee, Arnold J. — A Study of History — Abridgement 
by D. C. Somervell, Oxford, 1947. 

Warren, Robert Penn — All the King's Men — Harcourt, 
Brace Co., 1946 — (fiction). 

June, 1947 


Club Representatives' Meeting 

On Sunday afternoon, June 1, twenty-three representa- 
tives from nineteen cities met in Fletcher Auditorium for 
the first club representatives' meeting to be held since the 
beginning of the war. Elizabeth Pinkcrton Scott, President 
of the Alumnae Association, greeted the representatives and 
turned the meeting over to the Director of Alumnae Clubs. 

She presented to them the newly organized Regional Plan 
for alumnae clubs which divides the country into nine 
regions, each with a chairman who is to promote the work 
of the Alumnae Association among the clubs assigned to 
her region and to act as a liaison between the clubs, the 
Executive Secretary, the Director of Clubs, and the Alum- 
nae Council. The regional chairmen are members of the 
Alumnae Council. 

Those present were: 

Region I — Mrs. Adrian Massie (Gertrude Dally), chairman. 

New York City — Constance Van Ness 

Westchester — Ruth Fiske Steegar 

Northern New Jersey — Gerry Mallory 

Region II — Mrs. John B. Orgain, Jr. (Norvell Royer), 

Charlottesville, Virginia — Frances Baldwin Whitaker and 
Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott. 

Norfolk — Louise Hammond Skinner. 

Richmond — Lucy Call Dabney. 

Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia — Jacquelin Cochran 

Washington, D. C. — Ellen Snodgrass Park. 
Region III — Lucy Lloyd, chairman. 

Wilmington, Delaware — Emily Jones Hodge. 

Philadelphia — Ann Hauslein Potterfield. 

Princeton, N. J. — Betty Braxton Preston. 

Pittsburgh — Elizabeth Fohl Kerr. 
Region IV — Chairman to be appointed. 

Winston-Salem — Polly Lambeth Blackwell. 

Region V — Mrs. H. L. Young, Jr. (Lida Voigt), chairman. 
No representatives present. 

Region VI — Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown (Sally Shallen- 
berger) , chairman. 

Cincinnati — Mary Huntington Harrison. 

Charleston, West Virginia — Elizabeth Mathews Wallace. 

Region VII — Mrs. E. Webster Harrison (Mary Hunting- 
ton) , chairman. 

Toledo — Rachel Lloyd Holton and Ruth Geer Boice. 

Region VIII — Mrs. Stephen Voorhees (Adeline Jones), 
No representatives present. 

Region IX — Mrs. Frederick Skinner (Louise Hammond), 

Los Angeles — Lenore Hancel Sturdy. 

San Francisco — Ruth Mcllravy Logan. 

Dallas — Helen Sanford. 

San Antonio — Flora Cameron. 

The representatives were told how the regional chairmen 
can help their clubs by assisting them with suggestions for 
organization, program-building, raising the Manson Memo- 
rial Scholarship Fund, Sweet Briar Day, etc. Also the clubs 
are to write their regional chairmen for information and 
keep them informed of their club activities, membership 
lists, changes of address, and so forth. 

A brief outline of the contents of the newly-revised Club 
Handbook was presented. The handbook was approved at 
the June meeting of the Alumnae Council, and will be 
mailed, together with the Nominating Committee and 
Alumnae Fund Handbooks, to all club presidents before 
fall. This should be of great value to groups of alumnae 
who have formed clubs or who are contemplating organi- 

The discussion program of the Educational Policy Com- 
mittee was next considered. Those who had participated in 
the two meetings held by the club this spring were en- 
thusiastic. They said that the alumnae in their cities were 
deeply interested in continuing the program and hoped the 
committee would prepare additional papers for them to 
study for a long time to come. The program seems to an- 
swer a long-felt need of every group, a real purpose for 

Various methods of handling the discussions were com- 
pared. The most interesting and valuable conclusions have 
come from the groups whose members had read some of 
the background materials suggested in the bibliographies 
and had thoroughly studied the guiding articles before their 
meetings. Usually a few of the group volunteered to make 
this preliminary study. 

The club representatives' meeting was informal. Many 
good ideas were brought out by comparing the activities 
of the various groups and it is the hope of the Club Direc- 
tor that those present took home with them renewed en- 
thusiasm and inspiration. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Edith Durrell Marshall 
Director of Alumnae Clubs 


Alumnae News 

Class Notes 

iln iKrmnrtam 

Katherine B. Roberts (Mrs. Comer Jennings), ex-'23, March 9, 1947 


Class Secretary; Marion L. Peele, 602 Fair- 
fax Avenue, Apartment 1-C, Norfolk 7, 

Fund Agent: Margaret Potts (Mrs. Henry 
H. Williams), 120 East 75th Street, New 
York 21, New York. 

Only two items of interest have come my 
way since the last letters that you read in 
the April News. 

A clipping has come to the Alumnae Of- 
fice from Virginia Lazenby O'Hara, an inter- 
view printed in the Dallas News after Mr. 
and Mrs. O'Hara returned from Holland 
where they had gone to visit their son's grave. 
They found that only six other American 
civilians had visited the cemetery at Margraten 
before them, but there were many flowers on 
the graves. "We noticed villagers from near 
by laying flowers on graves. Each one — man, 
woman or child — would come to a grave, 
kneel and say a little prayer, then place the 
flowers on the grave. (22,000 Americans are 
buried there.) 

"I learned that each grave — of Jew or 
Gentile, white or Negro, or an unknown, sol- 
dier — has been 'adopted' by a family, which 
treats it as though it belonged to their own 
son. The Dutch people feel very keenly that 
the Americans who fell in Holland were 
fighting for their cause, and to a great extent 
belong to them." 

Helen Duke, formerly of Charlottesville, is 
now living in Norfolk and is a member of the 
staff of the Norfolk Public Library. After 
leaving Sweet Briar, Helen took her degree at 
the University of Virginia and specialized in 
library work at Pratt Institute. 

Marguerite Sbafer Odom, also now lives in 
Norfolk. We had lunch together several days 
ago and she brought photographs to show me 
her "accomplishments" since leaving school; 
a fine family, three sons and » daughter, the 
latter has a daughter of her own just six 
weeks old. Marguerite has come to Norfolk 
to be near her daughter. Her eldest son is an 
engineer; the second son, just out of the Navy, 
ii in his first year at Washington and Lee, 
and the youngest boy, 14, is still in high 

Probably few of you would ever imagine 
there are approximately 850 members of the 
Academy-Special group. However, a recent 
lifting by the Alumnae Office shows that 
number. Of these, quite a few seem to have 
It st touch with Sweet Briar and it has seemed 
to Margaret Potts Williams and to me that it 
would be a fine thing if we could trace all or 
some of these "lost" ones through our letter 
in the Alumnae News. 

You will probably be seeing our "Lost 
Persons" column frequently, so please, each 
one of you who knows anything at all about 

Vivienne Barkalou Hornbeck and her husband. Dr. Stanley K. Hornbeck, then Ambassador 
to Holland, were accompanied by Queen Wilhelmina's Commissioner when they placed a 
wreath on the grave of Bob O'Hara, the son of Virginia Lazenby O'Hara, in Margraten 
Cemetery, Holland, last January. Lieutenant O'Hara was graduated from the University of 
Texas in 1942, enlisted in the Air Corps and received his wings the following February. He 
joined the Eighth Air Force in September as a B-17 pilot and was decorated three times before 
he was shot down over Rotterdam on November 11 of that year. 

those whom we are trying to trace, send us 
their address or any information you may have 
heard about them and how they can be 
reached. A card or letter to me at the address 
at the top of this column, or a message to the 
Alumnae Office will be sufficient. Please be 
sure to do this, and include some information 
about yourself as well, and help keep ours a 
live, interested, and up to the minute group. 


Virginia Abbot (Mrs. W. H. Skinner), 
19 10-19 1 1 . 

Dorothy Adams, 1913-1914. 

Georgette Allison, 1918. 

Velma Armistead (Mrs. James L. A. Rus- 
sell), 1913-1914. 

Sarah Aydelotte, 1917-1918. 

Marion Bacharach (Mrs. A. C. Hoppe), 

Edna Marie Bannister (Mrs. George L. 
Kline), 1911-1912. 

Mabel Barber. 

Florence Barbour, 1916. 

Jeanette Barr (Mrs. Arthur L. Derby), 
191 1-1912. 

Byrnina Bougher (Mrs. Hicks), 1916-1917. 

Margaret Caroline Baxter (Mrs. Richard 
R. Donnell), 1917-1918). 

Mary Elizabeth Beacom, 1912 

Mary Lucille Beacon, 1917-1918. 

Louise Swans Beahm (Mrs. Salter Wells), 

Class Secretary: Wanted. 

Fund Agents Fuge.nia Grih-in (Mrs. Charles 
R. Burnett ) , * 906 Three Chopt Road. 
Richmond 2 1, Virginia. 

( lass Secretary: Josephine Murray (Mrs. J. 
Whitman Joslin, Jr.), 200 West Madison 
Avenue, Johnstown, New York. 


Class Secretary: Loulie M. Wilson, 2034 

Sixteenth Street, Washington, D. C. 

Fun J Agent: Margaret Thomas (Mrs. 

Paul J. Kreusi), Riverview, Chattanooga, 


June, 1947 


Class Secretary: Mary Pinkerton (Mrs. 
James Kerr), 408 Warren Crescent, Norfolk 
7, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Eugenia Buffincton (Mrs. 
Russell Walcott), Tryon, North Carolina. 

We will soon be through with school in 
Spotsylvania so that I have listed my sum- 
mer address above. Do send me any bits of 
news that come your way. 

Sue Slaughter was recently elected presi- 
dent of the Norfolk Women's Council for 
Interracial Cooperation in May. The work 
of this volunteer service organization is 
publicity and education to promote inter- 
cultural understanding and good citizenship. 
They work with welfare and other social 
agencies and through the schools to try to 
bring about the best use of funds and exist- 
ing institutions to take care of the needs of 

Margaret Ribble's adopted daughter, Peggy, 
was married April 12 in the Church of the 
Transfiguration, New York City, to Dr. 
Charles Congdon of Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Class Secretary: Marjorie French (Mrs. 
Charles L. Nevens) , 1430 Bishop Road, 
Grosse Pointe, Michigan. 

We have at last had word of Ellen Hayes 
after a silence of many years. "Jim" is a 
Major in the WAC and has been Billeting 
Officer, in charge of finding places to live for 
officers in Germany ever since the beginning 
of the occupation. Mr. Perry Laukhuff, for- 
merly of the Sweet Briar faculty, now back 
in this country for a shore time, reported 
seeing her in Germany. He said that her job 
is a demanding one, requiring much tact and 
that she has handled it admirably. Her address 
is: Major Ellen Hayes, c/o Billeting Office, 
OMGUS, A.P.O. 742 c/o Postmaster, New 
York, New York. 

Class Secretary: Frances W. Pennypacker, 
517 Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: Lucy Lantz (Mrs. Harry Mc- 
Kinley), 263 Glenwood Avenue, Englewood, 
New Jersey. 

I sent out 3 8 S.O.S. calls recently and 
how many answers do you think I received? 
Two! Bless you, Anne and Agnes for your 

Ann Schutte Nolt writes that she has 
finished up her Home Service work with the 
Red Cross and has saddled herself with an- 
other job. "The Lancaster Junior League 
opened a Hearing Conservation Center last 
fall and we are following up the audimeter 
tests given all school children and required 
by State law. I undertook to set up the case 
work for the Clinic and it means training 
case workers, traveling about the country to 
schools and homes, arranging for examina- 
tions at our clinic and follow-up work at the 
hospitals afterward. 

"Hear from Marjorie Johnson Good often 
and have heard from Katherine Kunkle George 
who has a son down at Valley Forge." 

Since receiving this letter from Anne I 
have had a telephone call from her and in- 
tend to drive up to Lancaster and stay over- 
night. I look forward to a good session of 
Sweet Briar talk. 

The other letter was from Agnes Hood 
Gronemeyer, ex-'IS. All three of her children 
have gone to Virginia schools. Her older 
daughter, now Mrs. J. P. Ast, III, a graduate 
of Mary Baldwin College, has two children, 
Philip age 6 and Susan age 2. Her second 
daughter graduated from Randolph-Macon 
and teaches English in Clarksburg, West Vir- 
ginia. Her son John, aged 19, is now out of 
the Navy and a student at the University 
of Virginia. Agnes herself attended Sweet 
Briar and graduated from Goucher in 1916. 
Her husband is plant manager for du Pont 
at Meadowbrook, West Virginia. 

The Philadelphia Chapter gave a delightful 
bridge party in April. Rebecca MacGeorge 
Bennett, ex-'18, poured tea and was one of 
the few people I saw who was at Sweet 
Briar during our time. 

We had a most interesting meeting at 
Henrietta Washburn's, '14, earlier in April 
to discuss "Liberal Arts Education at Sweet 
Briar." Eugenia Griffin Burnett's (*10) attrac- 
tive daughter, Eugenia Burnett Ariel, '42, is 
piesident of the chapter and led the discus- 

I think the class of 1915 needs a new 
secretary (editor's note: The opinion herein 
is not that of the editor), one who can col- 
lect news from a different group. Who wants 
the job? 


Class Secretary: Wanted! 

Fund Agent: Louise Bennett (Mrs. Albert 

Lcrd), 182 Hillside Avenue, Englewood, New 


Class Secretary: Bertha Pfister (Mrs. Ben- 
jamin Wailes) Sweet Briar, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Polly Bissell (Mrs. Earl S. 
Ridler) 608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington 20, 

1917 had a 50% reunion attendance with 
Henrietta Crump, Rachel Lloyd Holton, Ruth 
Mcllraiy Logan, Inez Skillem Reller, and 
Bertha Pfister Wailes. Skilly and Ruth, com- 
ing from Idaho and California, respectively, 
were among the guests listed in The News of 
Lynchburg as having traveled the greatest 
distance to their reunion. We missed the rest 
of you and wish that every single member 
ox the class might have been here! 

Carrie Sharpe Sanders and Ruth Geer Boice 
joined our table at the Alumnae Banquet. 
Class picnics were scheduled for Sunday night 
and ours was held at my house. Tea on Mon- 
day afternoon for those of us still on campus 
at Old Elkton Farm, Lucile Barrow Turner's 
lovely home near Forest, Virginia, and hearing 
her sing and play Negro folk songs, and 
her own compositions, we agreed later, was 
one of the never to be forgotten highlights 
of this Commencement. 

All nice things unfortunately come to an 
end; so, on Tuesday, I took Ruth and Skilly, 
the only ones left, by way of Lexington to 
Charlottesville to catch buses. Skilly had 
never seen Washington and Lee University, 
and Ruth remembered vividly her earlier trips 
to dances there, by train to Lynchburg with 
another change at Balcony "Falls. This time 
the trip by car over a beautiful mountain 
road took an hour. Ruth was planning to 
have dinner with Harriet Evans Wyckoff in 
Washington and go on to New York to join 

her husband later. Skilly went to Richmond 
to stay with Henrietta for a few days. She 
planned to visit Williamsburg and Jamestown 
during her stay, and, like Ruth, return home 
via New York City. 

Rachel had news of her daughters: Martha 
has an impressive-sounding job and Mary 
Lou is still at school in Switzerland. Skilly 
showed us pictures of her attractive 15 -year- 
old Sarah Ann, a prospective Sweet Briaritc, 
we hope. 

Polly thought until the last minute that 
she might be able to come. She and Carrie 
Sharpe Sanders had just returned from a 6 
weeks trip to Texas and the West Coast. They 
attended the A.A.U.W. convention in Dallas 
where they saw Miss Glass. 

We are very sorry to hear that Genie 
Steele Hardy lost a son last September in an 
airplane crash in the Mediterranean, and 
extend to her our sincerest sympathy. Both 
of her boys graduated from Annapolis and 
served in the Pacific area during the war; 
Jack, the elder, in the Marine Corps, and 
Sanford on a heavy cruiser. Genie herself had 
a serious operation in September also. Her 
daughter, Margaret, was with her from No- 
vember until after Christmas. Margaret's 
daughter was born December 1 3 . Genie ex- 
pected to drive to the West Coast with her 
husband in June, "the only thing I know of 
which might keep me from going to Sweet 
Briar." She must have gone on that trip. 

Martha Darden Ziesing says that for the 
past two years her activities have been con- 
fined to being a wife and mother, but that 
her other interests are antiques, music, and 
reading. She has been active in Junior League, 
Red Cross, hospital service, and Women's 

Mary Whitehead Van Hyning is in the 
process of moving her family to New York 
City where her husband has accepted the 
post of Assistant Commissioner of Public Wel- 
fare. I predict that Mary too, will soon be en- 
gaged again in some professional service, now 
that she has returned to her old haunts. 

Jane Henderson continues her interesting 
work at St. Christopher's School for Boys 
in Richmond. 

Dorothy Granmier Croyder has two fresh- 
man sons at Washington and Lee and a daugh- 
ter who will be ready for Sweet Briar in 
a few years. 

Elsie Palmer Parkhurst's daughter also is 
a 1 5-year-old prospect. In addition she has 
a married daughter and 2 sons, Frank E., 
r I, age 23, and John who is 19. 

Charlotte Jenkins, we regret to hear, is in 
a hospital. We all join in wishing her a speedy 

Faye Abraham Pethick has two married 
alumnae daughters. Her mother's illness took 
her to Southern Pines twice this spring and 
we were sorry that she was unable to com" 
south again for the reunion. She looks for- 
ward to spending a day soon with Margaru 
Grant at Lake Success. 

Jane Tyler Griffith, besides looking after a 
husband and an 18 year old son, is interested 
in many church and welfare activities in 
Wellesley Hills. 

You may be interested in the following 
summary of information concerning the class 
of 1917. We would like to have as complete 
records of our non-graduate members as we 



New s 

have of the graduates, but unfortunately 
many of their quest ionnaires were not re- 

There were 1 1 graduates and 42 "exes." Of 
the graduates 10 are living today; nine are 
married and have IS children. One acquired 
a rea d y -ma de i a m i I y o 1 h usba n d and t h ree 
children. 19 17 has had 3 daughters of grad- 
uates also receive their degrees at Sweet Briar, 
and one graduate daughter of a non-gradu- 
ate. We claim an indefinite number of nieces 
and cousins among students past and present. 

One of us is a teacher and principal of a 
private boys' school; another is private secre- 
tary to an eminent author and publisher and 
does newspaper work besides. 

Two combine marriage with a profession. 
Mary Whitehead Van Hyning, a graduate 
ot the New York School of Social Work has 
done social service work and college teaching 
before and since her marriage in addition to 
looking after a husband, 2 daughters, and 
a young son. I, as you know, teach Sociology 
here at Sweet Briar, and live quite unevent- 
ful ly on a neighboring dairy farm with my 

The other class husbands are business men; 
one an engineer, a sales-manager, a manuiac- 
turer, an advertising manager, a pla.icer and 
banker, and an importer. 

While six of the graduates and several exes 
report themselves as holding no position (ex- 
cept that of wife and mother) we recognize 
theirs as a full time essential service, one they 
seem to have managed well with a great many 
community services sandwiched in. These 
interests and activities are broad and varied. 
They include church, hospital, Red Cross 
work and Occupational therapy; club activi- 
ties of many kinds — Junior League, A.A.U.W., 
art, and community concert associations. 
League of Women Voters, and many others. 

Reunions really are lots of fun. Let's begin 
right now to plan for our 3Sth! 


Class Secretary: Cornelia Carroll (Mrs. 
K. N. Gardner), 622 S Powhatan Avenue, 
Norfolk 8, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Louise Case (Mrs. C. F. Mc- 
Guire, Jr.), 3310 Warrington Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 

Charlotte Seaver Kelsey has a new daughter- 
in-law this year, a graduate of Vassar, class 
of '4S. Her three older sons were in the war 
but now are home safe and sound. The 
youngest was too young to go. Charlotte 
celebrated the boys' return with a trip to 
Mexico which all enjoyed very much. 

Elanette Sol tit t Marks wrote from Phoenix, 
Arizona, that she had spent the winter and 
spring out there and was soon expecting to 
return to Chicago. She was renewing an old 
hobby, painting, in the wonderful sunshine. 
She says her paths rarely cross those of her 
classmates and she hopes we will look her up 
ix we are ever near. A year ago she saw 
Bobby Knapp Ballou, Hildegrade Flanner 
Monhoff, and Mary Jones Nelson in Cali- 
fornia; though they were not classmates, they 
were in school at the same time we were and 
she says she had lots of fun visiting with 

Cilia Guggenheimer Nusbaum is happy to 
have her boys home again. One has graduated 
from the Merchant Marine Academy and 

the other is at the University of Virginia. 
This spring her husband had a very severe 
illness but I am glad to say he has now 
completely recovered. 

I look back now with pleasure on Com- 
mencement. We had hoped to take Marianne 
Martin with us but she found she could not 
go. Louise Hammond Skinner and Grace 
Merrick Twohy left a few days ahead of us 
in order to attend the Council meetings. 
Cilia plans to go to our reunion next year. 
My mother came from Miami to go along 
with us to Frances" graduation — must see 
that the second generation keeps in step!! 


Class Secretary: Isabel Luke (Mrs. T. Foster 
Witt), River Road, R.F.D. No. 13, Richmond, 

Fund Agent: Rosanne Gilmore, 1303 Term- 
inal Tower, Cleveland 1 3, Ohio. 

I have very little news to report as I 
have received only one letter. Carrie Sbarpe 
Sanders writes that her news is either a year 
old or hasn't happened yet. Her year old 
news was a trip to Mexico and she says she 
won't be happy until she can go back and 
stay longer. Last month she went with Polly 
Bissell Ridler to the A.A.U.W. convention in 
Dallas, Texas, and on to Oregon to visit her 
brother. She promises to send in a detailed 
account of her trip for the fall issue of the 

I hope some of the rest of you will be 
moved to do the same — I will send post 
cards to remind you. 

Class Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agent: Geraldine Jones (Mrs. R. 
Taylor Lewis), Route 6, Gainesville, Texas. 

Class Secretary: Ruth Fiske (Mrs. Charles 

Steegar), 1 Park Lane, Mount Vernon, New 


Fund Agent: Burd Dickson (Mrs. F. J. 

Steven-son), R.F.D. No. 1, Blackburn, Sewick- 

ley, Pennsylvania. 

Our 2Sth reunion has been and gone and 
we lucky eight want you to know that we 
missed you stay at homes. We had three 
glorious days — the weather was perfect and 
Sweet Briar never looked handsomer. It was 
a real thrill to be here again and after the 
first few uncertain moments we felt our- 
selves completely at home. Elizabeth Hubet 
Welch, Julia Benner Moss, and I drove down 
together. Gert Dally Massie and Beulah Nor- 
rio were here to greet us. Trot Walker Neid- 
linger had motored down with Gert and we 
were all saddened to learn that she had been 
called home almost immediately by the death 
of her mother. Lillie Mad d OX Whit tier came 
early Saturday afternoon and Elizabeth Fokl 
Kerr arrived Sunday morning. Margaretta 
Carper MacLeod came out from Lynchburg 
twice to swell our ranks. Ruth Ulland Todd 
was here for a few hours and Isabelle Frank 
Sutherland came for the graduation exercises. 
Florence Woelfel, '21, who missed her 25th 
last year because of a grounded plane joined 
us and was a most entertaining addition to 
our group. 

The big thrill of the reunion was Dr. Mc- 

"Trot" Walker Neidlinger 
Gert Dally Massie 

Dougle coming down from Baltimore for our 
class picnic Sunday. After all these years, 
very busy ones for him — Johns Hopkins, lec- 
ture trips, Goucher, radio work, etc. — he 
remembered us all and was good enough to 
come way from Baltimore just for the day. 
We were so pleased and so flattered and he is 
just as much fun as ever and full of good 
stories, both long and short! We voted him 
the youngest looking member of our class. 
He asked about you all and his memory of 
people and their home towns was amazing! 
He and Mrs. McDougle were most cordial 
and asked all of us who were returning via 
Baltimore to stop and visit. Their memories 
of Sweet Briar are very happy ones. 

What an impressive collection of statistics 
I have gathered from the 23 replies I received. 
Forty-nine offspring — though I must admit 
Minnie Long gets the gold star with eight. 
Emily Moon Spit man and Margaretta Carper 
McLeod come second with six each. Emily has 
three grandchildren and Margaret Marston 
Tillar has one. Trot Walker Neidlinger and 
Margaretta have twins. We have two pro- 
fessors — are we proud! — Alice Farley Clen- 
denning teaches graduate medical social work 
in Minnesota and Mary Munson, who admits 
she struggled with psychology at Sweet Briar, 
is head of the psychology department at the 
Illinois State Hospital. We have a teacher, a 
secretary, and several part-time workers, but 
the biggest job to all is that of housewife. 
The extra-curricular activities show that our 
gals are taking an important place in their 
respective communities — politics, church. Red 
Cross, Y.W.C.A., P.T.A., Women's clubs, 
Junior League, hospital, are a few of our 
activities. For relaxation gardening and music 
rate high, with sports rather far behind. Gert 
Dally Massie still is our ace athlete. How does 
she do it? She not only runs her house and 
family but works hard for Sweet Briar and 
her church, with music and hospital work 
thrown in. 

Elizabeth Huber Welch lives in a suburb 
ot Philadelphia with her husband and two 
sons, 16 and 21. She looks younger and 
prettier than ever. Lillie Maddox Whitner 
has three children. Her married daughter was 
here for Commencement also and she is 
most attractive. Lillie received our vote as 
the best-dressed member of our group. She 
Icoked like a million dollars at every gather- 
ing. She is active in Junior League work in 
Charlotte and in her church and the Red 

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Cross. Julia Ben tier Moss who was returning 
to Sweet Briar fur the first time in 2 5 years 
was most impressed by all the improvements. 
She lives in a Philadelphia suburb also and 
has a daughter, 22, who was a TWA air 
hostess. Julia too is active in hospital work 
and the Red Cross and she has so much pep 
we could barely restrain her from walking 
to Amherst. Ruth Vlland Todd came on from 
Cincinnati to take her freshman daughter 
home. She has two sons also. Ruth had to 
rush home before our picnic as she had taken 
on a new oflice in the woman's club and 
had to be there for her induction. Beulah 
Norris, except for her additional 20 pounds, 
is just the same and kept us in a constant 
uproar. After doing very strenuous war work 
as an inspector on a shell line she is takinj 
life easy and keeps busy exercising her dog 
«nd gardening. Biz Fohl has two sons, one 
cf whom has just won the Western Penn- 
sylvania Junior Tennis Championship. The 
other is entering the University of Virginia 
this fall. Biz received our vote as the one 
with the fewest wrinkles. Isabelle frank is 
president of the Marion, Ohio, Association 
of University Women and also president of 
the Marion County Federation of Women's 
Clubs. We were sorry she couldn't stay with 
us longer. 

Liz, Julia, and I were so entranced with 
Sweet Briar that we stayed in this area an 
extra day. We visited Lynchburg and saw 
some old friends as well as the well-remem- 
bered landmarks such as Millner's, The Vir- 
ginian, etc. We made the trip to the Monu- 
ment, called on Mrs. Wills, and as we leave 
we wish we could meet you all here every 

There is lots more news from the absen- 
tees which will have to be held over for Fall. 
Be sure not to miss the next chapter. 


Class Secretary: Wanted. 

Fund Agent: Jane Guignard (Mrs. Broadus 

Thompson), P. O. Box 480, Columbia, South 


Word has been received of the death on 
March 9 of Katherine Roberts Jennings. We 
all wish to send our sympathy to her hus- 
band, Mr. Comer Jennings, and their family. 

Class Secretary: Kathryn Klumph (Mrs. 
Frederick T. McGuire, Jr.), 2597 Derbyshire 
Road, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Florence Bodine (Mrs. Frank 
P. Mountcastle), 51 Haywood Avenue, Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. 

News has been scarce this year, but what 
can I do when you don't answer my billet- 
doux? How about turning over a new leaf 
next year? 

I know you will be as shocked as I was to 
learn of the death of Florence West gate 
Ki affert's son, Dick, 1 9. He was a student 
ac Cornell and had a sudden heart attack 
during his sleep. I know you all join me in 
sending our love and sympathy to Flo and 
her family. Florence Bodine and Frank Mount- 
castle and their daughter Anne went down 
to Southern Pines for Easter to be with the 

Byrd Fiery Bomar was in Cleveland for 

Christmas. She tells me her daughter, Nancy, 
hop^s to go to Sweet Briar in the near future. 
Byrd's niece, Anne Fiery, is a sophomore 
there now. 

Elizabeth Pape Mcrcur writes that life is 
still a bit thick with a small child and no 
help. She promises to come for a visit when 
ihey get a new car. 

Lydia Kimball Maxam says that a year ago 
they joined the nation-wide scramble for a 
house and came out the bewildered possessors 
of a Victorian model with antique plumbing, 
in Bryn Mawr. Her daughter, Lydia, grad- 
uated from Shipley last year and is now 
attending the University of Pennsylvania. 

Elsie Wood Von Maur's daughter, Alice, is 
at Pine Manor this year, and El Hawed Arp's 
Mary is at Chevy Chase. She and her hus- 
band went to visit Mary in April and had a 
wonderful time with Bee Hnlburd Wain and 
family. I don't know whether you saw the 
pictures in the paper recently of a huge 
truck sitting in the middle of a living-room 
in Alexandria. The name under the picture 
was wrong in most of the papers and the 
living-room was the Wain's! She writes it was 
lucky as it happened at 2 :00 A.M. so all 
were upstairs in bed, but the furniture was 
of course ruined. To do things up brown, 
Bee had house guests arriving the next day 
for a wedding. 

Last August I had the fun of taking our 
10-year-old daughter along on one of Fritz's 
business trips. We "did" Seattle and Victoria, 
on down to San Francisco. It was thrilling 
foi all of us. Fritz and I were in San Fran- 
cisco again in November and I telephoned 
Freddy Bernhard in Berkeley for a wonderful 
gab fest. She and a friend were evicted with 
3 days notice from the house in which they 
had lived for 5 years. While they were mak- 

ing arrangements to buy another, the only 
sure way of keeping a roof over their heads, 
they moved in with their grocery lady in 
lieu of the starry skies. 

Grace Merrick Twohy is rejoicing in the 
return of her son, John, who served as an 
ensign in the Navy and was in the Bikini 

Fritz and I are goi- out to the West 
Coast again in June and on the way are going 
to spend a day with Marion Swannell Wright 
in El Paso. Marion's daughter, Sue, is a Junior 
Honor Society Chairman in her school, but I 
can give you a complete report on the Wrights 
after our visit. 

My daughter was in her first "grown-up" 
play this spring here at Western Reserve 
University. My nephew Tom, the son of Mary 
Klumph Watson, ex-'22, was also in it. Mary's 
daughter Katie graduated cum laude from 
Radcliffe last February. Katie has been a stu- 
dent at the Cleveland Playhouse this spring 
and this summer she and her mother are to 
be on the staff of the Little Theatre in Dor- 
scl, Vermont. Aren't we getting to be a 
theatrical family! 

Eleanor Sikcs Peters is treading the boards 
in solo drama, where she acts all the parts; 
quite a challenge! She appeared in Pekin, 
Illinois, in January with her latest repertoire. 
Now please let me hear from some of you 
folks who shrink from all limelight! 


Class Secretary: Frances Burnett (Mrs. 
Louis Mellen), 22325 Calverton Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Jane Becker (Mrs. John Clip- 
pinger), 1263 Hayward Avenue, Cincinnati, 


Limited Guest House 

West Boothbay Harbor 


Season — June 15 -October 1 

by Advance Reservations Only 

FRESH Owncr-Mauagcmcnt WRITE 


SALT WATER ex-'29, Sweet Briar TOLDER 


Alumnae Nen s 


Class Secretary: Wanda Jensch (Mrs. Wd- 
ton W. Harris), Greenville, Delaware. 

/ und Agent: Kathryn Norris (Mrs. Still- 
man F. Kelley), Babson Park, 57, Massachu- 

The stock market is going down and so 
are the number of cards coming in. 

My good friend Edna Lee Cox sent me news 
unsolicited, "Ellen Newell Bryan was in Wash- 
ington for a few days. Peggy Malonc Mc- 
Clements, husband and two daughters spent 
a week sight-seeing in the nation's capital." 
Edna reporting on her activities said that she 
had been running the Cox clinic since No- 
vember featuring measles, chicken pox, virus 
pneumonia and flu. I trust that the clinic 
is permanently closed. 

Betty Holtzman Sellman writes that she is 
ktpt busy running her home. She sees Dottie 
Ham Davis quite often and says Dottie always 
looks very stunning. 

Kay Norris Kelley sent me a card announc- 
ing a change of address for the Kelley family. 
They are now living in Wellesley Hills. The 
card had a picture of their attractive home, 
also a map which showed the road and rail- 
road that would take you directly to Car- 
risbrooke Road. 

Having Louise Fuller Freeman's card was 

almost as good as seeing her. Louise has two 
boys, age five and seven. P.T.A., Red Cross 
and Community Chest keep her busy out- 
side of household duties. Louise said she 
avidly reads our class news; it makes her 
feel 20 years younger! The Freemans spend 
their summers on Pelican Lake, Minnesota 
(anyone going by please stop). 

Frances McCamish McNeel's 18-year-old 
son is completing his second year at Texas 
A. & M. Frances thinks he is a potential 
lawyer. There also is a daughter, 14, and 
Fiances hopes she will come to Sweet Briar 
w hen the day comes for her to attend col- 
lege. The youngest McNeel is 10 and a husky 
nugh neck whose ambition is to be an all 
star football player and a bus driver. Frances 
might send him to live with the Harris' 
football player and bus driver. Frances is 
kept busy feeding her brood along with out- 
side activities such as P.T.A. and church 

Helen Jung Pfister wrote that many memo- 
ries came with my card. Helen's son, Wally, 
Jr., graduates from high school and plans to 
study journalism at Northwestern next fall. 
Jenny Anne will be a junior next year. Helen 
and Jenny visited Sweet Briar in April and 
Jenny likes it very much. Alice, the youngest, 
will be in the sixth grade; she is interested 
in drama. I heard by the grapevine that Helen 
and her father had been at Pinehurst for a 

This is my swan song, gals. I am sure 
someone else must be anxious to write these 
compositions for the issues of the magazine 
next year. 

You all have a delightful summer, hear! 

As for Mrs. Harris, she will take her charm- 
ing family and tour to Lake Superior for the 
month of August. 


Class Secretary: Margaret Cramer (Mrs. 
W. B. Crane, Jr.) 5 Vcrplank Avenue, 
Stamford, Connecticut. 

Fund Agent: Claire Hanner (Mrs. Wylie 
H. Arnold) 2410 Vernon Drive, Charlotte, 
North Carolina. 

Greetings to those who returned for their 
2Cth and greetings and deepest sympathy to 
you who didn't. We missed you and thought 
about each of you and tried to glean what 
news we could of you from those present 
"with charity toward all and malice toward 
none," in case you worried. 

To those returned veterans we want each 
of you to know that it wouldn't have been 
nearly as much fun if you, particularly you 
reading this, had not been there. You added 
immeasurably to the pleasure and gaiety of 
the rest of us. Didn't we have a good time! 

We all felt as Lib Mathews Wallace ex- 
pressed it, "like a dropped kitten" when we 
first set foot on the campus, but in less time 
than it takes to tell, we were back in the 
swing and had even more in common with 
one another than we had 20 years ago! Re- 
partee and wit were rampant! Needless to 
say there was never a dull moment. Our only- 
regret was that we didn't see Dan as much 
as we would have liked to, for she was 
involved with the business of her job a great 
deal of the time. 

I had driven from Connecticut to New- 
York and there picked up Connie Van Ness, 
who lives there, and Gretchen Orr Swift, who 
had come down from Boston. Then we went 
to Wilmington for Emily Jones Hodge and so 
to Sweet Briar. 

We were the first to arrive, Lib Mathews 
Wallace coming shortly afterwards. Harry 
had driven her over with the three children 
in tow, Willy, Wally, and Dolly. We found 
our rooms on the third floor in Randolph. 
Emily, Connie, and I had been assigned the 
suite there which became the official head- 
quarters for y 27. Jane Gilmer Guthery and 
Alice Warren Fielder were already established 
at the other end of the third floor so they 
promptly moved their belongings to the room 
opposite the suite. Soon afterwards we found 
Bebe Gilchrist Barnes who had been on campus 
several days attending meetings. Camilla Alsop 
Hyde, Lib Wood McMuIlan, and Jane Riddle 
Thornton drove over from Richmond on Sun- 
day, as did Helen Goffigan Wills from Lynch- 
burg. After the first shock of what the rav- 
ages of time had done to the pretty faces of 
20 years ago, everyone looked exactly the 
same, as if a magic wand had been waved. 

Camilla Alsop Hyde was without a ques- 
tion of doubt our May Queen of '47, looking 
unbelievably young and beautiful in her yel- 
low suit. We all traveled in a body for sight- 
seeing or the doings at hand. Our extra cur- 
riculum included a party at Miss Rogers' and 
Miss Crawford's home after the banquet and 
another at Dan's on Sunday evening with all 
of our activities climaxed by a midnight show 
at '27 headquarters given by Lib Wallace 
in 1926 May Day dress and Gretchen Swift 
in a fashionable dress of that era, both with 
large '27s in lipstick on their foreheads. 

For two beaut it ul days we chattered and 
laughed 'til our ears rang and all vowed we 
wouldn't have missed being there for the 
world and will make the next reunion or bust! 

Greatest changes we noticed were the re- 
creation rooms in the dormitories, including 
the parlor in Randolph and another in the 
basement. Also the practice rooms in Grammer 
hive been made into cozy nooks and the 
old gym now has murals on the walls, card 
tables, etc. All have comfortable chairs, cur- 
tains and rugs — we could hardly believe our 
eyes at sights of such luxury! The only thing 
that gave us a pang was the hot Jog, etc., 
stand at Rhea's, deserted and long since 
forgotten. The tree we planted by the cupola 
is now huge and spreading. 

Emily Hodge is compiling our reunion book 
which will include your questionnaires. It will 
be kept as a permanent record in the Alumnae 
Office for you to browse through the next 
time you are on campus. 

For those of you interested in statistics: 
Of 76 graduates, 4- are deceased, Jane WarfirU 
Saunders, Nancy Sherrill Moses, Bobby Rich 
Miller, and Elizabeth Clement; 2 lost on the 
records, Janet MacKain Allen and Ruth 
Whelan Horan. These statistics then include 
70 graduates and 21 exes. Of these, 76 are 
married, 15 single. The honors for the largest 
families (4 children) go to Elise Morley Fink, 
Jo Snoudon Durham, Elizabeth Turner Baker, 
and Betty Williams Simons. Those with three 
children are 12, two children, 37, one child, 
10, and none, 8. The average child's age is 
10. We have 2 widows and three anions cur 
number are now married for the second time. 
A word about the insurance which 52 of 
the class took out in 1927. Two of these poli- 
cies were in force in June 1947, both being 
fully paid. They were taken out by Elise 
Morley Fink and Evelyn Anderson Tull. Cash 
value of 49 policies lapsed — $3,576.27. Amount 
received as beneficiary, $1,064.43. Total placed 
in endowment by our class, $4,640.70. 

Evelyn Anderson Tull's insurance which 
she took out when she graduated from Sweet 
Briar, will eventually amount to $ 1 ,090. It 
is to be given to Sweet Briar as .1 memorial 
to her father, John Anderson. The insurance 
is paid up and entitles Evelyn to a Life Mem- 
bership in the Sweet Briar Alumnae Associa- 

The one received as beneficiary was taken 
out by Sarah Von Schilling on Jane Warficld 

Even though most of us fell by the way- 
side, I believe we may be justly proud of the 
sum the class of y 27 added to the endowment 
of Sweet Briar. To my knowledge we are 
the only class that ever thought of giving 
money to Sweet Briar in this way. 

Recent news gleaned from the reports and 
cards and the hardy reunioners is as follows: 
Babe Albers Foltz is still living in Los 
Angeles. She is a seasoned tourist guide after 
showing Ibby Luck Hammond the sights. 
Babe wants you to look her up if you .ome 
out her way. She still does not know how 
long they will be there. Incidentally, her 
husband has James Roosevelt among his 

Camilla Alsop Hyde has been active in her 
community. Chairman of Richmond Red 
Cross Staff Assistance Corps for six years; 
Treasurer of Junior League, two years; Vice- 
President of University League, one year; 
and Vice-President of Belle Bryan Day Nur- 
sery, four years. 

Martha Ambrose Nunnally has been cd 

June, 1947 


City Beautiful Committee, Program and Pub- 
licity, VI omen's Auxiliary, and Youth Service 
Board Member. She saw Yenti Slater Shelby 
at the Holly Springs (Miss.) Pilgrimage. Yenti 
has one son, Billy 10 }. j>, who she was busy 
getting ready for camp. 

Laura Boy n ton Rawlings moved to Flint, 
Michigan, last August and is active in civic 
affairs there. Between 193 1 and '42 she did 
various volunteer jobs in El Paso with the 
Junior League as City Editor, Corresponding 
Secretary, Vice-President and President. From 
1942-5 she was on the board of the Associa- 
tion of Junior Leagues of America, serving 
two years as regional director and ore year 
as Vice-President. During this time she was 
chairman of a committee of the Texas Wel- 
fare Association which interviewed prospec- 
tive program workers for the Army-Navv 

Madeline Broun Wood was just as disap- 
pointed as we were not to be at reunion. Just 
couldn't be, with Mac, Jr., graduating from 
High School. He, incidentally, won honor- 
able mention in the Sixth Annual Westing- 
house Science Talent Research and as a result 
has been asked to present his paper to the 
Louisiana Junior Academy of Science at 
Louisiana State University. The title of the 
paper is "The Relation of Sunspots to Short 
Wave Radio Reception." Madeline looks fine. 
She is one of the few who is slimmer than 
she was when she graduated. Her children 
as well as the Captain are handsome. Madeline 
loves to see people from S.B. so do look her 
up if you go to New Orleans. 

Daphne Bunting Blair sent some pictures 
of her boys, one is nearly nine and the other 
is almost five. She is living in Worcester, 
Massachusetts, where her husband is a per- 
sonnel manager. She is active in club work 
of all sorts, and had a trip to Toronto recently 
to see her sister, Dorothy, '28. 

Marian Chaffee is private secretary to the 
Managing Director of Delaware Blue Cross 
Plan. She has an apartment in Wilmington, 
but goes to Swarthmore for week-ends. 

Elizabeth Cox has a job as Executive Secre- 
tary of the Junior League of Louisville. She 
has been president of the Junior League twice 
and is secretary to the Board of the Kentucky 
Society for Crippled Children. 

Alice Eskesen Ganzel is active in the United 
Nations Study Group and is on the Board of 
the League of Women Voters in Darien, 

Margaret Green Runyon's interests are, ac- 
cording to her, "anything and everything." 
She is Head of the American Home Depart- 
ment for Women's Clubs, has a real estate 
business, and has been auctioneer three times 
for various organizations. 

Dorothy Garland Weeks sent a note from 
Garden City to let us know that she is still 
about. She hasn't seen any Sweet Briar people 
since Greeno's dinner party last winter. She 
sent a handsome snapshot of herself. 

Jane Gilmer Guthery was a fine addition 
to our reunion group. She had planned 
to bring Claire Manner Arnold, Sally Jamison 
and Nar Warren back with her, but they 
dropped out at the last minute. 

Elsetta Gilchrist Barnes, besides taking care 
of her young son, born August 1946, is a 
Landscape Architect in private practice since 
193 2. She is a Director of the Garden Center 
of Cleveland; Chairman of the Crile General 

Hospital Planting Committee; Alumnae mem- 
ber of the Board of Overseers at S.B. We all 
met her brother, Joe, who now has the job 
or Superintendent of the Sweet Briar Farm. 

Emilie Hal sell Marston expects to spend 
the summer on the Severn River. She sees 
Dottie Hamilton Davis occasionally. 

Wilburn Hampton Roger's son is entering 
medical school in September and hopes to 
finish at the University of Virginia. 

Claire Hanncr Arnold, besides being our 
class Fund Agent, is interested in the Girl 
Scouts and Hospital work. She was Assistant 
Treasurer of the Junior League (Scarsdak) 
and is on the Girl Scout Council. This spring, 
Claire bumped into Audrey Graves at Vero 
Beach, Florida, where she now lives. 

Hilda Harpster expects to be in Toledo 
most of the summer after her strenuous win- 
ter at the University of North Carolina. 

Sarah Jamison is a decorator at the Shaw 
Manufacturing Co., in Charlotte. 

Emily Jones Hodge still blushes when she 
kughs, so her face was rosy during most of 
the reunion. She is active in the Sweet Briar 
club in Wilmington. 

Ruth Lowrance Street is very busy in Chat- 
tanooga, President of Junior League 194S-6; 
Board member, Family Service Agency and 
member of Executive Committee for that 
agency; Board member Tuberculosis Asso- 
ciation; Zone Chairman, Community Chest, 
being some of her interests. She is keenly 
interested in the Sweet Briar Club there and 
is doing a great deal on the Educational Policy 

Margaret Leigh Hodges longed to come to 
reunion to see her many friends, but her little 
girl graduated from the New Canaan Country 
Day School on June 1st and Maggie just 
couldn't let her down! 

Margaret Lovett is taking additional flight 
training on the GJ. Bill of Rights and as 
she says, "with luck and hard work may get 
her commercial license next fall." She claims 
she has no particular aim but wanted to 
continue to fly for pleasure. 

Elizabeth Luck Hammond leads a busy lif;. 
She was Secretary then President of the 
Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland; Treas- 
urer of Hammond-Harwood House Associa- 
tion and Garden Chairman Women's Civic 
League of Baltimore. She tells us that Miss 
McLaws came out to tea on a recent visit 
to Baltimore. She and Hall are going to 
Asheville in June. They hope to see "Tabo" 
and others. 

Elizabeth Mathews Wallace answers the 
question, "Do you have a job?" with a 
"Yes! Homemaker and chauffeur." Her in- 
terests in addition to her family are Junior 
League Children's Theatre, Visiting Nurse, 
and Garden Club. She has been president 
of the Junior League in Bmghamton, and 
Charleston, and president of the Children's 

Rebecca Manning Cutler and her husband 
are taking the children, aged 3 l /z and 9 
months, to South Carolina for two weeks, 
leaving the day we begin our reunion. 

"Tootie" Maybank Williams visited Billy 
Qtiisenberry Marks last spring. She tells of 
the successful tea the Atlanta Alumnae had 
for Miss Lucas. 

Bettie Miller Allan vacationed in Florida 
this winter and is spending the months of 
May and June with her father in Newport, 

Kentucky, while her husband is on an ex- 
tensive business trip. 

We wish to express our sympathy to Mary 
Montague Harrison who lost her husband very 
suddenly last August. She and her two chil- 
dren now live with her father. 

Elise Morley Fink and her family have a 
permanent summer address: Grand B^nd, 
Ontario, Canada. Elise is on the Board and 
Secretary of Cottage Hospital, Grosse Pointe. 
Activities of all the children made it impos- 
sible, for Elise to come to reunion. It is too 
bad that she had to break her record because 
she managed to make our fifth, tenth and 
fifteenth year meetings. 

Gretchen Orr Swift has a job doing psy- 
chiatric work with the Veterans Administra- 
tion and is getting her M.A. at Boston Uni- 
versity in psychiatric work. While living in 
San Antonio she was on the board of the 
Planned Parenthood Clinic and also modelled 
clothes for various charitable organizations. 

Anna Patton Thrasher sent a fine snap shot 
of herself and her husband. Right now they 
are in the midst of moving to Montgomery, 
Alabama. Her husband will be rector of the 
Church of the Ascension. 

Pauline Payne Bachus is Spanish instructor 
at the University of Toledo, and Adjustment 
Advisor at De Vilbus High School. Her 
spare moments, of which she has few, are spent 

Elva Quisenberry Marks has her hands full 
with her two men of 9J4 and 5 l /z. She is 
now recovering from an operation and ex- 
pects to feel better than she has for years. 

Julia Reynolds Dreisbach is busy at this 
time with her daughter, Georgia's graduation, 
and getting both daughters ready for camp 
where Georgia is Water Front Assistant. 

Jane Riddle Thornton is active in the 
church, the Girls School and camp. It was 
a treat to see her again and I do mean treat. 
She has two daughters, Mimi and Tab. 

Florence Shorteau Poland sent pictures of 
her beautiful baby. 

Virginia Stevenson returned from an exten- 
sive trip on May 12th. She drove her Mother 
and Father over 4000 miles, including Berea, 
Charlotte, Sweet Briar, Richmond, Williams- 
burg, Washington, Cleveland and Chicago! 
She spent a few days with Peg Williams 
Bayne and saw Kitty Wilson Tyler and of 
course Dan Boone when she was at Sweet 

Marjorie Stone Neighbors and Madeline 
Brown Wood carry on an active correspond- 
ence and hope to meet in Texas in the near , 

Josephine Snmvden Durham with four fine 
children writes "don't have much time but 
for gardening and the usual civic stuff." How- 
ever, she has been on the Boards of Civic 
Music, Junior League, P.T.A. and Commun- 
ity Chest. She just got back from a three 
week jaunt in the East. She ran across Elise 
Morley Fink at Hot Springs and Maggie 
Leigh Hobbs in Darien, Conn. 

Kelly Vizard Kelly's son is graduating from 
Aijdover this June. I should have said one of 
Kelly's sons, she has two others. 

Nar Warren Taylor keeps herself very 
busy as Headmistress of Charlotte Country 
Day School where we hear she is doing a 
superior job. 

Sarah Von Schilling Stanley expects to go 
with her family to the mountains in June 



2nd the shore in July and August. Sounds 
ideal, doesn't it? 

Connie Van Ness enjoyed a glorious week 
in New Orleans with Madeline Broun Wood. 
She flew down and back. 

Virginia Wilson Rubbins sends her regrets 
but tells us to hold on til! our 2 5th and 
she'll be there tor sure! 

Kitty Wilson Tyler has been a three day 
a week substitute teacher in the Senior High 
in Norfolk for I (> years. She is also a coun- 
selor at Camp Alleghany in the summers. 
She has been president and on the Board of 
the Kings Daughters, president and secretary 
ni 1\T.A. and president of Sweet Briar Alum- 
nae Club. 

Elizabeth Wood McMullan, as true as I'm 
sitting here, looks just the way she did 20 
years ago and all of us agreed. We want to 
know her secret. 

A happy summer to each of you and in 
the future never miss a reunion if you can 
help it. Only prerequisite needed is plenty of 

When next you hear from me we will be on 
tlu 1947-8 season and you'll be getting out 
ycur woolics! 

Class Secretary: Katherine Brightbill (Mrs. 
Robert O. Biltz), 161 W. Maple Avenue, 
Langhorne, Pennsylvania. 

Fund Agent: Page Bird (Mrs. V. S. D. 
Woods), 204 Ampthill Road, Richmond 2 1, 

Class Secretary: Polly McDiarmid (Mrs. 
Pierre Serodino) , Signal Mountain, Tennessee. 
Fund Agent: Belle Brockenbrough (Mrs. 
John S. Hutchins), 250 Birch Street, Win- 
netka, Illinois. 

Word has been received of the death of Dr. 
M. H. Dailey, father of Louise Darley Stur- 
hahn, whose address is Route 1, Clifton, Fair- 
fax County, Virginia. We all join in sending 
sincerest sympathy to you, Louise. 


Class Secretary: Sally Reahard, S525 North 
Meridian Street, Indianapolis 8, Indiana. 
/ nnJ Agent: Gwendolyn Olcott (Mrs. 
George Writer, Jr.), 21 Fifth Avenue, New 
York, New York. 

There are times when I <:m heartily rec- 
ommend this job to you, not that it is in- 
suring me a good living or bringing national 
acclaim but it improves my health. Every 
time some one whom I have not heard of for 
18 years or so pops up with a note saying, 
"Of course, I remember you very well . . ." 
my joints uncreak, I gain a pound, and my 
blood pressure rises giddily to normal! 

Had a real spring tonic last Sunday when 
I talked on the phone in Chattanooga to Mary 
Macdonald Reynolds. If I had not heard the 
otf -stage heckling of her nine-year-old son 
I would have sworn she was on the other 
side of Bus Rhea's shack, puffing on the ver- 
boten weed, as she talked to me. Her warm, 
responsive chuckle that makes you think you 
are so terribily amusing is still there, along 
with that deep interest and concern for 
everyone she has known. I found myself tell- 
ing her all I knew about you rather than 

gleaning news she might have. She is still 
working hard for the Insurance Company, 
she says, but finds time to write columns for 
the Look-In t a local gossip and news sheet. 
We made a deal that she would send her 
contribution to the Alumnae Fund if I would 
subscribe to the Look-in and so far I am way 
ahead on the bargain. Her articles are mar- 
velous and I wish you all could read them. 
Some recent titles are "Would I Were a Ward 
Heeler", "My Memoirs", and "The Chil- 
dren's Hour." Am sure you would appre- 
ciate the latter, being a discourse on the daily 
deses of crime by radio for the little ones. 
Among the copies I saw a handsome picture 
ot our friend and can see she hasn't changed, 
grayed or aged a bit! 

Eleanor Clark Frost, that gay creature we 
called Kelly in our freshman days, wrote me 
the disconcerting news that she still has a 
picture of me taken one bygone day on a 
spree in Lynchburg. Thus it is we never 
know who can blackmail us! She appeared 
out of Brooklyn with a husband and two 
daughters, Nancy, aged 16 and Virginia, aged 
14. Says she is just a housewife and mother, 
with the usual outside interests. She has kept 
in touch with Nancy Gaines Jaeger and 
Katherine Murr White, but offered no news 
of either. 

Found a grand long letter on my return 
from Florida recently from Emilie Jaspcrson 
Bayha. She is back in Toledo after a hectic 
career as Navy wife since 1942. In January 
of '43 she packed up and took her three 
children to Norman, Oklahoma, where she 
stayed until May of '45. The house they had 
there was sold and they had to return to To- 
ledo. Then her husband was sent overseas 
and was in Japan until "46. While in Nor- 
man she enjoyed being with Babe Albers Foltz 
(will you ever forget those first names in 
the class of '27 we had to memorize? Albers, 
Alsop, Anderson, Anspaugh ... or something 
like that!) Emilie's oldest boy. Bill, is 14 
years old, a freshman in high school; David 
is 13 J and Judy is 7. She says they are fun 
but tax her sense of humor when they com- 
plain about their parents being unreasonable 
and old-fashioned! 

Emilie had heard from Alice Leigh Caples, 
who lives in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, 
and says her husband, after returning from 
two years in the Navy, was in an accident 
and injured seriously. He is improving now, 
but has been in a hospital since last May. 
They have two daughters. I shall try to get 
some news from Alice soon. 

Good summer to you all. See you in Oc- 


Class Secretary: Martha McBroom (Mrs. 

Frank L. Shipman), 210 Ridge Avenue, Troy, 


Fund Agent: Peronne Whitaker (Mrs. 

Robert Scott), 648-D Beverly Road, Teaneck : 

New Jersey. 

Mary Frances RihclJaffcr Kuhn has moved 
to Fort Pierce, Florida, with her three chil- 
dren. She has been a widow for a year and 
is now teaching social science there. She is 
sponsor of the sophomore class and of the 
girls' honor society. That, plus the care of 
the children, seems like a lot of job! 

Class Secretary: Charlotte Magoffin, Box 
5 6, Dcerwood, Minnesota. 

Fund Agent: Marcia L. Patterson, Kent 
Place School, Summit, New Jersey. 

Elizabeth Clary Treadwell teaches piano in 
Chevy Chase. Ben is now 2, and Kay is 5. 
Ted sees Marion Malm Fowler who is stationed 
in Washington, and Ruth Re wan Wenzel. 
Ruth has lots of irons in the fire with all 
her club activities and 2 children. She is as- 
sistant executive secretary for the Washington 
Heart Association, among other things. Ma- 
rion sent grand pictures for the reunion book 
or the family and ivy covered brick home. 
Lib Doughtie Bethea and her oldest daugh- 
ter 7, visited Ted in Washington at Christ- 

Aurie Lane Hopkins is living in Elizabeth, 
Pennsylvania, and says that her gardening has 
cut out all need for reducing! She is active 
in scouting and the Day Nursery besides 
looking after Jack 12, and Dick 10. 

Edith Railey Dabney has a third child, 
Josephine, who is about S months old. She is 
interested in children's and health agencies 
in Lexington. 

Ruth Kerr is store superintendent and per- 
sonnel director at Jonasson's in Pittsburgh. 
She says she sees Betty Uber often. Betty is 
involved in scouting and gardening. 

Stuart Groner Moreno keeps in touch with 
Nell Tyson, and goes weekly to the theater 
with Bee Stone de Vore. Stuart is active in 
Junior League work, Janet now being nearly 
f>. Stuart and her husband were on campus 
this May and had a good time laughing over 
old Briar Patches. 

Sue Marshall Timberlake's cookless state 
and three children keep her occupied at home 
in Staunton. Her husband has returned to 
law since being discharged in '45. 

Allie Weymouth McCord's Louise is 8, and 
Herbert is 4. Frank was discharged a Lt. 
Com. in '45 and is in advertising. 

Letha Morris Wood, our first married, is ac- 
tive in a wide range of community activities, 
and worked on USO in Troy during the war. 
Lee is now 10, and Nancy 6. 

Hallie Orr Barton expresses a continued in- 
teiest in Sweet Briar and often sees class- 
mates in Austin. Mary Helen Casuell Burr 
and her husband are owners of the Hobby 
Horse Riding Stables there. 

Sally Phillips Crenshaw writes from Mem- 
phis that Pete is back in business, wholesale 

Pat Ward Cross says anyone coming 
through Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, this sum- 
mer is welcome. She has no help, has 2 ac- 
tive sons, and works for the Junior League. 

Anne MacRae is a laboratory technician in 
Richmond and reports having seen Betty Al- 
len Magruder who is a psychiatrist at Colum- 
bia Medical Center in New York. 

Hildegarde Voelcker Hardy is busy in 
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and lists gar- 
dening as a major interest. Her daughter, 
Mary Elizabeth, is 6. 

Hazel Stamps Collins writes from Atlanta 
that she is kept busy with her two daughters, 
Junior League, gardening and Scribblers Club. 
Marcia Patterson was busy correcting Latin 
exams during reunion, at Kent Place School 
in Summit, New Jersey. 

June, 1947 


Jane Hays Dowler sent a snapshot of Pene- 
lope 6, and Stephen 4, they are enchanting 
looking children! Jane is interested in an- 
tiques and writing. 

Betsy Hun McAllen's husband is headmas- 
ter at Hun. He was discharged as a Lt. Col. 
in A.A.F. in August of '46. During the war 
Betsy was with the office of Population Re- 
starch at Princeton, and last year was libra- 
rian at Miss Fine's school. She is glad to be 
a housewife again, Gordon is 13 and Sue, 11. 

Susanne Gay Linville's husband, a teacher, 
was a Major in the war. James is 2 Vi and 
John 17 months. 

Sally Shallenherger Brown came to Sweet 
Briar earl)' for Alumnae Council meetings. 
She has so many activities it's hard to list 
them, and is the mother of 4, 3 boys and a 
daughter. Sally says that Sue Graves Stubbs' 
home in Monroe, Louisiana, is lovely, and was 
designed by her architect husband. The house 
faces a bayou, is surrounded by moss hung 
trees, camellias and glamour. Sue, Jr., is 8 
and King 4. 

Our latest bride is Barbara Munter. She 
was married June 3 to Robert Allen Purdue 
in St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Seattle. 
Mr. Purdue is a graduate of the University 
of Washington School of Law, where he was 
a member of Psi Upsilon. He was a Naval 
Lt. and is now practicing law in Seattle. In 
Portland in March Barbara talked with Jane 
White Burton, whose husband was on the 
Bikini tests and who will be in Alaska for 
special work this summer. 

Betsy Higgins Plummer is in Tampa, Florida, 
after many moves. During the war she fol- 
lowed Frank around until he left the states 
and then returned to Portland where she 
worked on the local newspaper and as an 
investigator for the welfare department. Be- 
fore she married she and a friend ran a book- 
shop. Frank is a bank official since his dis- 
charge as a Lt. Col. 

Squibby Flynn is active in scouts in Ar- 
lington, Massachusetts. She has two boys, 
James 10, and Michael 7. Her husband was a 
Lt. Col. in the A.A.C. 

Helen Nightingale Gleason sent her reunion 
attendance regrets from Frankfort, Germany, 
where she has been since Dec. 12, 1946. Her 
address is Mrs. James A. Gleason, c/o Officer 
of Theater Judge Advocate, Hqs. E.V.C.O.M., 
APO No. 757, c/o P.M., New York, New 
York. The Gleasons have a 5 room furnished 
apartment and a maid. Living is adequate but 
not as comfortable as Life and the Saturday 
Eiening Post would have you believe, says 

Mildred Hodges Ferry has sent the distress- 
ing news that her husband has been having 
a series of severe heart attacks. He gave up 
surgery and was teaching dermatology at 
Tulane when he was forced to give that up 
this spring. During the summer he and Mil- 
dred will be at her family's summer place 
on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, 

Mildred says that Mildred Larimer had a 
wonderful year in Spain and that she is now 
aiming for South America as she loves "con- 
tinental life and the international set". 

Adelaide Smith Nelson has 2 curly haired 
girls. Adelaide Jr. 4, and Jennifer 3. Her hob- 
bies are foreign languages, and an original 
study of economic trends. Her husband is 

an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist in Tu- 

Constance fouler Keeblc's husband, a cap- 
tain in the air corps, was killed overseas, so 
that she is very busy caring for her 2 sons, 
Bean 9, and Burt 4. She worked as a labora- 
tory technician and in a nursery school. 

Helen Pratt Graff sent a picture of Fred 
Jr. 10, and her home in Kensington, Mary- 
land. Both Helen and her daughter Julia, 3, 
have had pneumonia this winter. 

Mildred Gibbons is office manager in a 
law firm in Tampa, and is active in Junior 
League work, having held every office from 
President down, and in her church. She says 
she is continually reimpressed by Betsy Hig- 
g/ns Plummer's unbounded energy. 

Sue Burnett Davis' husband is a banker 
once more, having received his discharge as 
an air force Lt. Col. in September of 1945. 
Frank Jr. is now 9. 

Ruth Thompson Wauchope lives at Upper 
Lisle, New York. Her husband was a Captain 
in the Navy, is still a skipper by profession 
and serves on the Maritime Commission. They 
have one child Joan Agnes, 13. Besides D.A.R, 
and 4-H Club work, Ruth is particularly in- 
terested in educational advantages for chil- 
dren of rural communities. 

Virginia Bellamy Rumn sent pictures of 
her children, Peter and Suzanne. Her hus- 
band was a Commander in the Navy and is 
in shipping now. 

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to 
Alice Dabney Parker in the loss of her father, 
Dr. Richard Heath Dabney, on May 16. Dr. 
Dabney was for long years a member of the 
faculty of the University of Virginia and 
will be sorely missed by his hundreds of 

Last but not least of our class news is the 
questionnaire sent in by Dr. Harley. She 
came down from Charlottesville for the 
week-end. Among current interests she lists 
anthropology, sociology, comparative anatomy, 
and housekeeping. Filling in the blank on 
children she wrote — "Thousands of children, 
all girls and all ages!" 

Those here for reunion were: Dr. Harley, 
Elizabeth Clary Treadwell, Lenore (Billie) 
Hancel Sturdy, (who came all the way from 
Beverly Hills, California!), Aurelia Lane Hop- 
kins, Marion Malm Fowler, Susan Marshall 
Timberlake, Mary Moore Pancake, and Sally 
Shallenberger Brown. 


Class Secretary: Anne Marvin, Box 1 $76, 
University, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Sue Graves, (Mrs. William K. 
Stubbs), 2105 Island Drive, Monroe, Louisiana. 

Your response to my cards was most grati- 
fying. Many thanks. Please keep up the good 
work whether I write you or not, (it is finan- 
cially and physically impossible to write 200 
persons for each issue). The interest of this 
column depends on you! 

Lois Foster Moore and her family are hap- 
pily settled in Manhasset. She has two sons — 
Jimmy III, who is 3 J/2, and Stephen Wood- 
worth Moore born last October 18. They 
keep her plenty busy. Lois also wrote that 
she had heard that Marge Gubelman Hastert 
and her husband and three children are plan- 
ning a trip to the states from Hawaii in Au- 

Ruth Daries Young and her husband Bob, 
are very proud and happy. They have adopted 
a daughter (born October 1). They have 
had her since March 13 and have named 
her for Ruth's grandmother Tamzen, and 
she is called Tammy. 

Connie Murray Wcller writes that she is 
still living in Princeton, and has no news 
at the present time. 

Nevil Crtite Holmes is proud of her sec- 
ond daughter — Elizabeth Crutc Holmes, born 
February 26. On April 10 Nevil donned cap 
and gown to represent Sweet Briar at the in- 
auguration ceremony of the new president 
of Rice Institute in Houston. 

Mary Kate Patton Bromfield writes that 
Bing has been out of the Marine Corps about 
a year and a half and they have bought a 
house near Albany. Her husband is back in 
his old job, manager of the McBee Company 
office there. They have a son, William Mark- 
ham (Bill) born September 11, to join Betsy, 
9, and Susan, 6%. 

Susalee Belser Pcques and her daughter 
Eleanor, aged 9, live in Charleston and love 
it. Susalee was married again 2 years ago but 
I am sorry to report to those who have 
not kept in touch, that Susalce's husband was 
killed in a hunting accident shortly after 
their marriage. 

Sue Johnson Simpson has 3 boys and is 
looking forward to taking them to the beach 
ic-r a month this summer. Sue saw Jackie 
Strickland Dwelle at Sea Island in January. 

- Mary Elizabeth demons Porzelius has two 
children, Bettie B., 7, and Susan 3, both born 
January 1 — one in 1940 and one in 1944. Mary 
Elizabeth keeps very busy washing clothes, 
sewing, collecting stamps and nursing. Poor 
girl spent the winter in bed with a broken 
back, but we are thankful to say that she is 
up now, though not too comfortable I fear 
in her "strait jacket." 

Lena Jones Craig has a daughter Susan, aged 
5, who goes to kindergarten and a son, Tom- 
my, who is 2J/ 2 . She and her family live 
about 8 miles from Spartanburg on a large 
farm, which has been in Tom's family for 
many years. He is in the stock and bond 
business and farms a little, raising white face 
cattle, etc. They have a pony and cocker 
spaniels. Lena is fond of Charity League work. 

Virginia Vesey was at Sweet Briar May 
Day and reports everything was as lovely as 
ever on campus. She has talked with Frances 
Poii'ell Zoppa several times this winter in 

Elena Doty Angus reports that they have 
lived in the same place for over 6 years. This 
is some record for this day and age! 

Miki Murdoch Martin has two daughters, 
6 and 3J4. Her husband is an architect with 
Williams, Coile, Pipino in Newport News. 

Margaret Lanier Woodrum and family 
(after being in the Marine Corps for five 
years) have bought a home in Roanoke, where 
Cliff resumed his law practice. They have 
two boys, Clifton Alexander, III and Milton 
Lanier, who will be 9 and 5, respectively this 


Cotton Skinner Shepherd is up to her neck 
in housekeeping and Junior League work. Her 
husband is still with Eastern Air Lines. They 
flew to Nassau and Havana a few months 
ago. They will be in North Carolina part of 
the summer. 


Alumnae Newt 

Charlotte Tamblyn Tufts wrote me a fine 
letter enclosing delightful pictures of her 
four children — Bradley, age 9, David, age 7, 
Jeffrey, age 3, and at Last an heiress, Corinne, 
age M months. They are dear. (I wish there 
were some feasible way of sharing these with 
all of you, as well as any other pictures I 
may receive. If the class would enjoy seeing 
pictures of our classmates and their families 
I would be glad to see that any pictures sent 
mc are at our 15 year reunion, June 1948.) 
Charlotte is a very active young lady — be- 
sides taking care of her family and studying 
Spanish, she, in her spare (!) time reads, 
knits, bowls, is dressing a lovely doll for her 
daughter, and making a Story Book doll col- 

Betty Burgess Wise has moved from Pitts- 
burgh to Fort Pierce, Florida. Her new 
name is Mrs. Calvin Poppell. 

Doris Crane Loveland has four children — 
three boys and one girl. She and her husband 
flew to Argentina for five weeks this winter. 
Langhorne Watts Austen and her husband 
returned to Brooklinc in January 1946. She 
keeps busy with housework and the activities 
of three children aged 11, 8 and 6. Langhorne 
sees quite a bit of Mary Moore Rome, *34, 
who lives nearby and is married to a doctor 
who was overseas with Langhorne's husband. 
The class is distressed to hear of Enna Fran- 
ces Broun Bat sell's great sorrow. Her baby 
daughter lived for only about 10 days. We 
send our deepest sympathy to Enna and her 

Pat Atkinson's mother died last Novem- 
ber and the class of '3 3 sends its sympathy 
to Pat and to her father. Pat is secretary in 
the War Assets Administration in Little Rock; 
still sings alto in Trinity Cathedral choir; 
is corresponding secretary in the Little Rock 
chapter of the new, national secretaries* or- 
ganization "Secretaries International"; and 
has recently joined the D.A.R. Pat flew to 
San Antonio for 10 days in January. 

Mary Brooks Barnhart Carlton during the 
war lived with her parents in Rockwood, 
Tennessee, where she worked for two years 
as a technician in the hospital. Blake was in 
the Sea bees for nearly two years in the South 
Pucific. On his return in November, 194S, 
Mary Brooks and her husband returned to 
their own home in Chattanooga, where Mary 
Brooks keeps busy with her home, yard, 
church work, Garden Club, and a family of 
toy fox terriers. 

Jane Martin Person's son, Bruce Rodney, 
9 lbs. 3 02., was born April 29. Jane and 
her husband are in their second year of farm- 
ing their own little 80 acres in Isanti County, 
Minnesota. So far they are only dairy farm- 
ing and have a fairly good start toward 
building up a small registered Holstein herd. 
Our newest class baby is Julie Mary Stohl- 
man, born April 26, whose proud mother and 
father are Martha Lou Lcmmon and Fred 
Srohlrflan. As far as I know they are still 
in Princeton and everyone is doing nicely. 

Julie Sadler de Coligny is back in Bon Air 
to live with her four chicks and Calvert, who 
is now with the Virginia Manufacturer's As- 
sociation; naturally Julia is thrilled to be 
back on native soil. She spoke of seeing ten 
classmates at the Sweet Briar luncheon dur- 
ing Christmas week in New York. 

Tacky and her husband have moved into 
a new house in Springfield, Missouri, and all 

is veil with them; Nan Russell Carter has 
her hands full with her four and is going to 
the country for the summer so they can 
spread out. 

Helen Hanson Bamford's little boy, Bobby, 
had an eye accident but Helen writes that 
the operation was a success and they have 
nothing but high hopes for a complete re- 

Betty Combs Carroll has moved to Carls- 
bad, New Mexico, after spending Christmas 
in New York. Bonney MeDonald Hatch 
writes that life in Muncie is very peaceful 
after her various treks with the army. 

I was late with the cards this time so please 
forgive the scarcity of news. Best wishes for 
a pleasant summer to all. 

Class Seeretary: Jacquelyne Strickland 
(Mrs. Edward J. Dwelle, Jr.), 4910 Araparoe 
Avenue, Jacksonville 5, Florida. 
Fund Agent: Cynthia Harbison (Mrs. Carl 
W. Heye), 26 Lawrence Street, Scarsdale, New 

I came home last night from the Associa- 
tion of Junior League's conference in Coro- 
nado, California, and it proved to be a class 
reunion for three of us graduates. Frances 
Morrison Ruddell, Rebecca Young Frazer, 
and I had a real get-together and found 
Sweet Briar sisters in many meetings. I en- 
joyed seeing Jane Morrison Moore, ex '34, and 
Margaret Rose Turnbull, ex *3 5, who is now 
living in Corpus Christi, Texas. Frankly, the 
trip was so fascinating that I am finding it 
hard to settle down to routine. 

Betty Myers Harding writes that they are 
still house-hunting in Connecticut. She had 
a visit in New York with Dorothy Barnutn 

Rebecca Marriner is teaching French and 
Spanish at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, 
Virginia. Rebecca was at Sweet Briar for 
Commencement week-end. 

Suzanne Wilson Rutherford has enjoyed 
visits recently with Jean hnbrie Frey and 
Virginia Gott Gilbert. Frances Spiller Mer- 
rill is living in Mansfield, Texas. She has a 
son, born in January. 

Evie Morris Blair is busy at a dozen things 
in Philadelphia, among them raising two 
boys and two girls, ranging in age from 3 to 
8 years. 

Sarah Turp/n Hobberton wrote from Ber- 
Ln where her husband is with the Legal Di- 
vision of the U. S. Military Government. 
Everything sounds fascinating, especially 
Sarah's tale of mastering the German lan- 
guage. She almost bumped into Perry Lauk- 
huff in the Office of Political Affairs there, 
just before Perry's trip back to the States. 
(Which trip included a visit to Sweet Briar). 
The Hobbertsons will soon be coming home 
again to Dallas. 

Jane Lawder is in Denver where she is 
working with a large blood bank. On ofT- 
hours she has become a ski enthusiast and she 
is thrilled with Colorado scenery. 

Pat Williams Rand has 3 children, Nancy 
8, George 4, and Harriet 2. The Rands are 
living in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Jean Besseliei re Boley's second book will be 
published in October. It is a satire called 
"The Baby Lamb". The Boleys leave Argen- 
tina in June and will live for several years 
in Europe and Mexico. 

Maud Winborne Leigh hopes that her 
daughter Winnie, who is ten, will be our 
first class daughter to apply for admission 
to Sweet Briar. The Leighs have another 
daughter, Sarah 8, and a son, Southgate, 4. 

Lois Vanderboej Benner is still anxious to 
convince you that North Dakota is not at the 
end of the world. She has a daughter 6, and 
a son 8. 

Barbara Miller Gibson, after 8 moves in 
1 8 months, is now settled in Houston. The 
Gibsons have a brand-new daughter named 

Word at long last from Helen Wolcott 
who is in Washington. She told of a visit 
with Sue Strassburger Anderson in Wilton, 
Connecticut. However, still no news of Wboly 
from Wooly! 

Mary W ynn Talbot deserted the newspaper 
world several years ago and is busy now with 
housekeeping and a red-haired son, named 
Bill. The Talbots live in Fort Worth, Texas, 
and Mary would love word of other Texan 
Sweet Briarites. 

Kay Lynch Bloker renewed old friendships 
at the Detroit Sweet Briar Day which she en- 
joyed. Kay's daughters are Lynn, age 7, and 
Janie, who is 2. 

Class Secretary: Aline Stump, 125 Ea\t 84th 
Street, New York 2 8, New York. 
Fund Agent: Frances Gregory, 185 Upper 
Montclair Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey. 

During my spring vacation, one of the 
many advantages of being a school teacher, 
I visited in Norfolk and Richmond. While 
in Norfolk, I made the acquaintance of Kin 
Carr Baldwin's little girl and was disappointed 
to learn that her son preferred baseball to 
the ladies' company. Logan Phinizy Johns is 
living in Richmond with her doctor husband 
and three children. Jackie Moore Hoofnagle 
and her son are Logan's near neighbors. 

I hope most of you have escaped the 
mumps and vaccination seige. Those of us 
in this north country have had our troubles. 
A wire from Nancy Parsons Jones informed 
me that these maladies (her two little girls 
are suffering from both) will prevent her 
accompanying her husband to New York 
where he will lecture on journalism at Co- 
lumbia. Nancy, however, was able to go to 
Washington. While there she saw Capel 
Grimes Gerlach and her two little girls, Rus- 
sell (4) and Lucia (l|/2>. Capel cooks, irons, 
and washes but is fortunate enough to have 
Thursday off. 

Nothing spectacular has happened to our 
New York classmates. Alma Martin Rotnem 
has recovered from the mumps, first on one 
side then the other. George Ann }ackson Slo- 
cum was in New York recently vigorously 
maid hunting. (P. S. She settled for a dish 
washing machine instead.) We had a gaj 
lunch with Muggy Gregory Cukor. Grissy 
De ringer Plater enjoyed 1 6 days of "relaxa- 
tion and good times" in Bermuda. 

I hope to find the time to write many of 
you before the next issue. But, please don't 
wait for my S.O.S. postals. Write me as I 
shall be busily going in circles from now on. 
I plan to begin my Master's Degree at Co- 
lumbia in Administration this summer with 
the hope it will help me in my new duties, 
as of September, 1947, as principal of The 
Day School in New York. 

June, 1947 



Class Secretary: (for this issue) Harriet 
Sha\t, Sweet Briar, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Natalie Lucas (Mrs. M. S. 
Chase), Box 1208, Florence, South Carolina. 

Remember the little round iron tables on 
the back terrace at the Inn? I have been sit- 
ting there all morning looking over the ques- 
tionnaires that Dot collected for us — and di- 
gesting the impressions of our "one and only 
tenth". The following were present, for part 
or all of the week-end, but every one was 
discussed, and I mean discussed. Safest thing 
is to plan now to return for our next — Dot 
Prout Gorsuch, Dot Price Roberts, Natalie 
Hopkins Griggs, Isabel Olmstead Haynes, 
Polly Lambeth Blackwell, Lillian Lambert 
Pennington, Marie Walker Gregory, Jane Col- 
lins Cor win, Ellie Snod grass Park, Jackie 
Cochran Nicholson, Lolly Kedfcrn Ferguson, 
who had a sister graduating, Mary Jane Jones, 
Frances Kemp Pettyjohn, and Nina Cauthorn 

To review the questionnaires you returned 
in order will give you a part of 1937 up to 

Henrietta Arthur Skinner has 3 children, 
Lindsay 9, Jeffrey 6, and Toby 2. She and 
Dick live in Evanston, Illinois. 

Janet Boguc Trimble has 2 sons to keep 
her out of mischief and plans to spend part 
of the summer at her sister's farm near 
Brielle, New Jersey. 

Gurley Carter Davis has no news to report 
— just 3 children! She is in Annapolis and 
mentions seeing Boots Bogle Shea often. 

Nina Cauthorn Jarvis and Harold have a 
nursery-florist business in Bedford. She visits 
Ann Mary Charles Straub frequently. Daugh- 
ter Pamela is five and has a new brother, 
Jackson III. Anna Mary has a new house in 
Lancaster and is placement chairman in the 
Junior League. 

Jackie Cochran Nicholson still has that 
merry laugh. She and Jane Collins Cor win 
came down from Washington together. Jane 
is one up on Jackie so far as family goes, 
with 2 girls. Jane's legal work is temporarily 
swamped by family duties, but she helps Tom 
when she can. 

Margaret Cornwell Schmidt's daughter Ruth 
is now three. Margaret is Alumnae Secretary 
at a St. Louis school. Maggie saw Moselle 
Worsley Fletcher, who now lives in Chatta- 
nooga and also has a daughter, age 3. Julie 
Dearmont Fisher has 2 children, David 3 , 
and Russell, a New Year's present. The 
Fishers live in Kansas City. Agnes Crawford 
Bates is farming and her daughter, Margaret, 
was born in January. 

P e 8gy Cruikshank Dyer is living in Atlantic 
Highlands near her sister-in-law, Peter Dyer 
Sorenson, in a house overlooking Sandy Hook 
and lower New York Bay. Peter is going to 
England, France, and Norway this summer! 

Becky Douglas Mapp is living in a lovely 
old place at Accomac with George, Walter, 
and the 2 daughters. Kay Eshleman Maginnis 
and her cotton broker husband have a boy, 
Donald 3, and Kathleen, who is 14 months old. 

Mary Helen Frueauff and Charles Klein 
are in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Charles, a law- 
yer, was an air force major. 

Faith Gort Herpers, Jeff 5, and John l l / 2 
are planning to take a cottage on Cape Cod 

with May West on Thompson this summer. 
The house will be full of boys for May also 
has 2 sons. Sid says that Peggy Minder Davis 
and Paul are still at Leavenworth. Sid plans 
to join Fred in Oregon or Washington this 
Fall. Molly Gruber Stoddart stays put near 
Philadelphia. Daughter Nancy is 3. 

Bobby Kirch Booth lives in Hartford, Con- 
necticut. Bob is New England sales manager 
for a Boston firm so is home for week-ends 
only. Pinky is 9, Robert 5, and Susan 1 J/2. 

Lee Hall Cramer is managing the Hall 
Flooring Company since Fred has not yet been 
discharged from the Army. He is a captain 
in Germany. 

Dinny Hardin is in Winnctka, training and 
showing Irish setters, riding, and working in 
the Red Cross Motor Corps. 

Nat Hopkins Griggs has just moved to an 
old house in upper Westchester County. SIv 
has another daughter, Shirley, 6 months old. 

Cissy Johnson Finley's husband is out of 
the Navy and in the insurance business in 
Norfolk. Frances Kemp Pettyjohn has the 
latest addition that I know of — Nannie Ould, 
born March 17. Mary is about a year old 
and Walker 6. The Pettyjohns have sold their 
farm outside of Lynchburg and bought a town 

Sally Kirkpatrick Ford has three children 
— Sue 3, Joe 4, and Anna I. When I last 
heard Joe was still serving as. a captain in 
the Medical Corps. Lillian Lambert Penning- 
ton is active in civic affairs in Thomasville, 
Son Neiland is a handsome kindergartner. 

Polly Lambeth Blackwell has two girls, 
Kate and Ruth. Winfield has just finished his 
term in the North Carolina legislature and 
is practicing in Winston-Salem. 

Anne Lawman Bussey and Don are in their 
new home near Chicago. Anne is very much 
interested in Little Theatre work. 

Libby Lee McPhail's son, Frederick, Jr., was 
born in February. From her we have word of 
Beda Carlson Calhoun who also has a Feb- 
ruary son, Eric Richardson. Beda's husband 
is with the American Trust Company in 

Margaret MacRae Allen is secretary to the 
State Director of Elementary Education of 
Virginia, in Richmond. She sees Helen Neve 
often. Helen works for the Red Cross in 

Sue Mathews Powell's husband has been dis- 
charged from the Navy and is looking for a 
home for her and John 3 l /z and Susan 
1 J/2, in Dallas. Sue is still in Pensacola. 

Peggy Merritt Haskell is moving to Paines- 
ville, Ohio. She has three children and a 
puppy. Bubs Munn Green, her ex-Lieutenant 
husband, and Mary 4^4, and Jane 3, are set- 
tled in Gulf, Illinois. Bubs was in Panama 
for a while on army trekking and is glad that 
the law practice will keep them home now. 

Nancy Nalle Lea, Gil, Gil, Jr., and Anne 
Porter have a home in Princeton. Gil is a 

Kitty O'Brien Joyner is an electrical engi- 
neer in charge of 12 engineers and draftsmen 
in Engineering Services Division of the Na- 
tional Advisory Commission for Aeronautics 
at Langley Field! Her other career, son 
Upshur, is 4J^. 

Isabel Olmstead Haynes has not changed in 
appearance, despite having had both a career 
and two children, Fred 2, and Jarcd 4 months, 

Dorothy Price Roberts' daughter Jeanne 
was born March M. She is another you would 
recognize instantly. 

Dot Pront Gorsuch worked hard to make 
our reunion a success and succeeded! She and 
Rob have bought 24- acres near Atlantic 
Highlands where they wish to build. They 
live in the country and freeze all their own 
garden produce. 

Helen Rae Wainwright lives in Tuckahoc 
with Harris, Harris, Jr., and Sarah. Lolly 
Redfern Ferguson's Anne is 3, and Lolly has 
time for Little Theatre and Junior League 
work in addition. 

Ruth Rnndle Charters' children, David 9, 
Robert 6, and James 2, don't keep her from 
her hobby of oil painting and she is active in 
nursery school work in McLean, Virginia. 

Margaret Sandidge Mason's husband is chief 
of training for the Army Exchange Service 
stationed in New York. They have a cottage 
on Long Island Sound. Their son, William 
Forrest, is two. 

Ellie Snodgrass Park is in her last year of 
law school. Dot Stewart is a secretary for the 
Sun Oil Company in Philadelphia and reports 
tennis a major leisure activity. 

Betty Thomas Wells lives in Newell, West 
Virginia — her husband is a pottery executive. 
Their son is six years old and the daughter is 
reckoned in months. 

Wilfred Gregory, Marie Walker's husband, 
was the only one to brave the reunion and 
then only for an hour. Marie invites all 
comers to Richmond to visit her and help 

Wes Ward Francis and George adopted a 
baby boy in 1945. They live in Bryn Mawr. 
May Weston Thompson is new chairman of 
the Northern New Jersey Sweet Briar group. 

Betty Williams Alison's daughter Betty was 
born in February. Betty was an Army Nurse. 
She has an M.A. in nursing from Western 
Reserve University. Her husband was a Lieu- 
tenant Colonel in the Medical Corps in India 
and married Betty the day he was discharged 
in April 1946. 

Helen Williamson Dumont is secretary of 
the A.A.U.W. in Philipsburg, New Jersey, and 
President of the Junior Auxiliary of their 
Children's Home. Her son Wayne is Sj/2. 

Eleanor Wright Beane is living on Wrights- 
ville Sound, North Carolina, and raising speci- 
men camellias. 

That is the news till now. I will be so glad 
to see any of you who can come to Sweet 
Briar. I am to have Miss Long's apartment 
overlooking the lake and mountains next 
door to the Inn. I know you will be delighted 
at the greatly increased beauty of the cam- 
pus and at the spirit of vitality and serious 
purpose that our magnetic new president has 
instilled here. Highlights of the reunion were 
the garden party at Sweet Briar House, the 
alumnae banquet, a party for us at Red Top, 
and our class picnic in the dell. 

There are many classmates who were not 
mentioned here and it is only because we 
have not heard from them. You can remedy 
this deplorable situation by writing me at 
Sweet Briar. A new class secretary will take 
over in the fall. (We "elected" her at the 
picnic but think we should ask her too!) 


Alumnae New s 


Class Secretary: Dolly Nicholson (Mrs. 
John A. Tate, Jr.), 212 Middle ton Drive, 

Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Fund Agent: Janet MacFarlan (Mrs. 
Charles Bergmann), 244 Ackerman Avenue, 
Hohokus, New Jersey. 

I don't know how you all expect me to 
carry on a column all alone, but this is one 
time I'll have to. No news from any of you 
prevents my passing news along to you, so 
perhaps you'll realize my predicament and 
during the next few months give me some- 
thing to write about. Of course, I don't want 
you to rush right out with hatchet in hand 
and murder the very next person you see just 
foi the sake of the Alumnae News, nor 
would I want you to produce quadruplets — 
to outdo Becky — and hit the front page. On 
the other hand, please don't send me a card 
saying "I haven't a bit of news." At least 
you can impart your newest recipe or latest 
hairdo — or tell us what movie is best. There's 
always something to write about even if you 
have to scrape the bottom of the barrel. 

Most of you undoubtedly have plans for 
the summer, so I shall count on your drop- 
ping me a line periodically. 

Next week we Charlotte Briarites are hav- 
ing a luncheon get together and hear a paper 
by Dean Lyman, to be read by Sarah Everett 

I understand Ves and family have bought 
a small home in Columbia and moved in. They 
have been living in her family's home which 
they found too large for comfort. Rilma and 
new husband are still looking for a place of 
their own, but in the meantime are living 
with the family. 

The Tates are busy raising a family, carry- 
ing a church circle of 43 girls, doing Junior 
League hospital work, and the usual social 
activities which keep a person in his right 

Janice Wile^ Adams has a new address — 
Rioja 2640, Olivos F.C.C.A., Argentina, 
Scuth America. Her name is Mrs. George E. 

Don't forget. Keep me posted. I have to 
have a letter in the Alumnae Office by the 
20th of September, January, March and May, 
so I'll be looking forward to hearing from 
each of you much earlier than those dates. 

193 9 

Class Secretary: Betsy Campbell (Mrs. Rob- 
ert S. Gawthrop, Jr.), 326 West Miner Street, 
West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

Fund Agent: Yvonne Leggett (Mrs. D. L. 
Dyer), Alger Court, Apartment 5-G, River- 
mere, Bronxville, New York. 

You all made a sad response this time, 
girls — and what you give, you get, so here 
you are. 

Peggy Roper Willis tutors no more, for 
with Caroline, 3/2, and Rogers, 10 months, 
big house, garden and two dogs, her time is 
slightly needed at home. Rogers is a red head 
with curls, a shock and a joy to them all. 
They are moving to Denver as soon as they 
find a house. George left April IT. He's with 
Builders Bureau Service there. Peg sees Lu 
Martin at Junior League meetings every 
month, and Ann Parks occasionally. 

Gracey Luckeft Stoddard's son was born 
the last part of May. She looked pert and 
pretty as anything when I saw her shortly 
thereafter on a trip to Louisville. Little 
Gracey hardly realized she had a brother, but 
big Gracey foresaw complications what with 
changes of schedule, etc. She says that Jean 
McKenney Stoddard loves Peru as ever. 

A pretty penny postcard went winging its 
way to Mrs. Joseph Sherer, c/o Miss Ann 
Parks, Lynnhaven, Virginia. From said Ann to 
sender came an interoffice memo, subject 
"your postcard" Question, "Who the H is 
Mrs. J. Sherer?" Better luck next time, Mrs. 
Sherer. Mrs. Sherer, Miss Parks, is your for- 
mer President of Student Government, Mary 
Mackintosh, now the wife of a physician re- 
cently stationed near Norfolk. 

Boot Vanderbilt Brown and husband were 
here last week-end, and gave glowing reports 
of Jonnie and Junnie. Boot has been busy 
organizing the alumnae of Dwight School. 
Had dinner not so long ago with Helen Cary 
Stewart. She is with Johnnie in Hohokus, and 
is of course busy with the two children. 

Harrie and Henriette Minor Hart have 
proudly announced the arrival of Harrie, 
Jr., born May 9. 

Such a nice letter came from Mary Tread- 
it ay Downs. She and Fritz are living in a 
three- room apartment over her dad's garage. 
Fritz and her father fixed it up last summer 
when rents were high and carpenters un- 
available, transforming a storage room into 
a delightful abode. Betsy is justly proud of 
their labors, as well as the three coats of paint 
applied by her and Fritz. Jane Parker Wash- 
burn and Roddy are nearby and they see 
e.Tch other often. She sees Yvonne occa- 
sionally for lunch in New York. She says 
Mary Mackintosh Sherer saw Kay Porter 
Booker in Hampton, Virginia, where she is 
now working. Kay has a five-year-old son. 

Fifteen of us in West Chester are adopting 
one war child for Foster Parents organiza- 
tion. Means just $1 each a month, but with 
so many backing you really have something. 
Just a suggestion for your community, per- 
haps. With all the intellectuals prophesying 
a new low in civilization, such dribbles may 

And so farewell. Let's start making tenth 
reunion plans now. 

Class Secretary: Nida Tomlin (Mrs. Robert 
Watts, Jr.), 100 Madison Street, Lynchburg, 

/*////(/ Agent: Margaret Woods (Mrs. Louis 
C. Gillette), R.F.D. No. 1, Norwalk, Con- 

My efforts to engage a "guest writer" for 
the last Alumnae News were not success- 
ful. I'm sorry that I had to let you down, 
but since Helen Mac explained about our new 
male child, I'm sure that you understood the 
situation. He is really remarkable. At the 
moment, he is putting on one of his better 
symphonies, so this will probably be more 
garbled than usual. 

Janes Rrtnklc Wells has a little boy, Robert 
Runkle, who was born on April 21. A son, 
their second, was born to Dr. and Mrs. James 
Davis (Margaret Royall) on May 3 in New 
York. The child is named Kenneth Royall. 
Beth Thomas Mason has added a boy to her 

family group. Frances Moses Turner's phone 
has been busy for two days, so I can't tell 
you Beth's baby's name or any of the details. 
Mose did say that she was expecting a visit 
from the Masons very soon. All of the mamas 
with sons should make their reservations early 
to take out Miss Elizabeth Gordon Burke. 
Right now, her mother, Agnes Spencer Burke, 
claims that she looks like Fdward G. Robin- 
son. Well, maybe she will be smart anyway! 
\1\ jpologies to Connie Chalk ley Kit tier for 
r.OI reporting the arrival of her Andrew 
way back in October of '45. Connie says that 
lie is tremendous and has blond curls. His 
sister, Winkie, who is three and a half, goes 
to Nursery School and according to Connie 
she is absorbed by her own "gang," the bubble 
gum set. Connie has moved from Alexandria, 
Virginia, to Port Washington, New York, 
where her husband is stationed at the Brook- 
lyn Navy yard. The Kittlers are looking for- 
ward to doing a lot of sailing this summer. 

Phoopy Burroughs Livingston and Parge 
Woods Gillette are about to live in the same 
general locality. Parge is going to move from 
Connecticut to Massachusetts. They will be 
there for a year or two and then will go to 
Lou's home town of Detroit. Parge's year-old 
daughter "now walks with a firm foot and 
has a determined but jovial nature." Phoopy 
tells me that she has a neighbor in Greenfield, 
Massachusetts, who until recently lived in 
Poland. The neighbor told Phoopy that she 
couldn't "spek" English so good. Phoopy, the 
ever tactful soul, replied, "That makes two 
of us, dearie, because my southern accent is 
so bad that nobody can understand me in 
these parts." 

There should be another Southern accent 
looking for company in Stamford, Connec- 
ticut. Cynthia Not and Young, husband Karl, 
Bill and little Ann Carter have just moved 
into their new house. Karl spent several 
months in Europe recently on business. 

Both Kay Hodge and Mildred Moon Monta- 
gue gave glowing reports about Nancy Haskhti 
Elliott's return to Chattanooga from India. 
Apparently, there were many celebrations in 
honor of David and Nancy. Everybody that 
saw Nancy thought that she looked extremely 
well and they all enjoyed her accounts of 
her experiences in India. Kay Hodge has been 
visiting various places and attended a wedding 
in Dalton, Georgia. She is troop leader for 
a teen-age group of Girl Scouts in Henderson 
and is active in several civic organizations 

Ann Adatnson Taylor said that it was 
wonderful to see Marion Phtnizy Jones when 
she came from her home in San Francisco to 
visit her sister in Richmond. Ann has been 
traveling almost constantly back and forth 
to Baltimore to see her husband. Bob. He has 
been in the hospital since November, but Ann 
says that he is getting along splendidly now 
and hopes to be home soon. Polly Boze Glas- 
cock went to Dallas as a Richmond repre- 
sentative to the A.A.U.W. meeting. Mary 
Johnston Bedell is now officially a Richmond 
housewife since she and Wood have moved 
into an attractive house of their own. It was 
a great shock to hear about the death of 
Mary's mother in March and I know you all 
join me in sending her our sympathy. 

Jane Bush Long visited Mariana Bush King 
in Florida. The Bush sisters with their two 

June, 1947 


sons and two daughters, respectively, had a 
marvelous time together. Jackie Sexton Daley 
had a well deserved rest in Florida this win- 
ter. She had an operation in Miami, but must 
be entirely recovered at the present time as 
she writes of managing large church sup- 
pers and making eighty rolls for the affair. 
Jackie's husband's church is in Bald wins vi lie. 
New York. Besides her interest and activity 
in the church, Jackie takes care of her lively 
red-haired sons. Mike is four and a half and 
Chris is two and a halt. 

Well, my doves, this is the end of my 
prattle until next fall, at which time yoi. 
shall receive more frantic postcards. It might 
not be a bad idea to put your children to 
work this summer. You could set them up a 
streamlined lemonade stand and send the 
profits to Sweet Briar! Seriously though, keep 
a little something aside for your September 

Class Secretary: Joan DeVore (Mrs. John E. 
Roth, Jr.), 670 June Street, Cincinnati 8, 

Fund Agent: Patricia Dowling (Mrs. Alfred 
von Wellsheim) 1 7 Higby Road, Utica 3, 
New York. 

Six years ago we were all chanting "Let's 
get away from it all" and looking forward 
to a summer not to be followed by classes. 
Let's see what is with us now. 

There are some more young citizens making 
their appearances. Dabney Lancaster Wash- 
burn is the addition to the household of 
William and Libby as of January 28. Lou 
Limbeck Reydel wrote of the arrival of a 
new son, Jimmy, born February 27. Betty 
Blount Kempson had a girl, Mary Deborah, 
born March 1 3. 

Charlie Davenport was married to Mr. John 
Tyler Tuttle, May 24, in Pittsfield, Massa- 
chusetts. He is a graduate of Williams College 
and served with the British Army in the 
Sixtieth Rifles and Long Range Desert Group 
in the war. 

Priscilla White is now Mrs. James Ashton 
Graham and is living in Chicago. Frances 
Watkins was married to William D. Centilli 
?nd is living on a stock ranch outside of San 
Antonio, Texas. 

Caroline des Granges has been Mrs. J. Her- 
bert Wallis since May 17. Until they find 
a house they are staying with her family in 

Jeanne Posselt has announced her engage- 
ment, with plans for a summer wedding, 
to Albert F. Clear, Jr., of Fairfield, Connec- 
ticut. He was overseas with the Ninth Air 
Force for 3 years as a captain and is now 
attending Harvard Graduate School of Busi- 
ness Administration. 

There was one reunion this June. Shirl 
Devine and Franny Baldwin Whitaker went 
to graduation and stopped in Lynchburg to 
se- Peg Tomlhi Graves. Shirl went on from 
there to Louisville to see Mimi and I hope 
will come through Cincinnati on her way 
home. Franny writes of the new Sweet Briar 
club formed in Charlottesville with Ruth 
Hrnsley Camblos as president and herself 
as secretary. The discussions are going well 
she says, but they are still trying to stir up 
some of the inactive alumnae. 

Betty Doucett Neil! writes that she was 
surprised one day by a visit from Betty Jo 

Al< Narney Williams and Charlie, back from 
a year of living in Berlin. They are at home 
in Garden City. Douce really steps around 
and had just spent a grand afternoon with 
Barb Hoi man Whitcomb at Meach's in Hud- 
son, Massachusetts. To quote, "Meach and 
Gay have a darling old home, which they 
have fixed beautifully and her two sons are 

Do Huner is librarian for the Research and 
Development Division of Merck and Company 
and is studying for her master's at Columbia. 
Was glad also to locate Louise Hatha way 
Doelker. Husband Phil, daughter Stephanie, 
and Louise are living in Flushing. 

Louise Kirk Headley denies being cut out 
for the life of a club woman but she's in a 
whirl of garden club and church work in 
Tallahassee. She and Bull entertain lavishly 
and Louise has even taken to getting up 
at 5:3 to try to get everything accomplished. 

Pi Dowling von Wellsheim reports that Al 
has a new job as assistant to the manager of 
the Luxuray Company in Fort Plain, New 
York, and says it is a wonderful experience 
for them. They have been hunting and fur- 
niture-buying. Though she claims Ft. Plain 
is SO miles from Utica and her old circles, 
she does see Edge Cardamone O'Donnell over 
the bridge table when the club meets and 
says she's thin but very happy in her pretty 
new house. 

Jean Nehring has been appointed secretary 
to Corporation Council John H. Galloway, Jr., 
in Yonkers, New York. Jean went on to grad- 
uate also from Katharine Gibbs Business School 
in 1942. 

I know you will all be saddened as I was 
to learn of the death of John and Edna 
Schomaker Packard's youngest son, David, this 
April, and you will want to join me in ex- 
tending sympathy to Butch Gttrnty Betz in 
the death of her father this spring. 

Another to be tracked down is Decca Gilmer 
Frackelton. She, husband, and son, Nicky, 
are living in Fredericksburg, Virginia. John 
and I have finally found ourselves the long- 
awaited apartment, and have been in it for 
several weeks. In moments of deep apprecia- 
tion we refer to it reverently as the Spring 
House and nothing could be more appro- 
priate; its location being the corner of May 
and June Streets! 


Class Secretary: Catherine Coleman, St. 
Anne's School, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Ann Hauslein (Mrs. Thomas 
G. Potterfield), 262 Kent Road, Wynnewood, 

Each time a deadline rolls around, I say 
with confidence that the next issue will con- 
tain a lot of news, and then — no answers to 
the few postals which I do manage to send 
out. However, next fall in the October issue 
of the News I promise the Reunion report 
with the results of a thorough culling of 
your filled-in questionnaires and Margie 
Trout man Harbin's beautiful 1942 scrapbook. 

Shirley Hauseman's engagement to Daniel C. 
Lewis, Jr., of Washington, was announced in 
April and they were married June 2. He was 
at Washington and Lee when we were at 
Sweet Briar and that is how they met! He 
spent S2 months in the navy and was re- 
leased a lieutenant. He is now attending the 

Harvard Graduate School of Business Ad- 

Jean Hcdley was married on May 3 in 
Bronxville to James H. Currie; and Margaret 
Booth Gwyn became ' Mrs. H. Kenneth V. 
Tompkins II, on December 14 in Alvin, 

I had a letter from Si Walke Rogers tell- 
ing me that Polly Peyton and Carol Turner 
had left Williamsburg. Si's Deborah is 2 
and on May 22, little sister Elizabeth Agnew 
was born. 

Douggie Woods Sprunt was toastmistress at 
the A.A.U.W. in Philipsburg, New Jersey and 
the Alumnae Banquet during Commencement. 
Worth was discharged from the navy only 
a few days before and they hopj to go ro 
Mexico and South America this summer. 

Eugie Burnett Affel expected to be at the 
reunion but her husband had an emergency 
appendectomy the day before she was to leave 
so she stayed in Philadelphia to be near him. 

Margaret Halsey Gearing, one of our exes, 
is engaged to Henry Taylor Wickham of 
Richmond. Margaret was in Europe for a 
year with the Red Cross. Mr. Wickham was 
graduated from the University of Virginia 
and its Law School and during the war served 
as a lieutenant in the navy. They will b-: 
married in the fall. 

I promise to do much better by you all in 

Class Secretary: Clare Eager, Charlesmead 
Road, Govan P. O., Baltimore 12, Maryland. 
Fund Agent: Karen Kniskern (Mrs. Robert 
White), 988 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, 

On this my first anniversary of being rail- 
roaded into this secretary job, I am forced 
to let you down with a big thud, being 
practically devoid of news. 

I was delighted to finally track down Posy 
Hazard Danforth Potter. I just received a 
nice note from her saying that she and Shell 
have moved to Alexandria where they have 
bought a wonderful little house. She expects 
to visit Marjorie Shugart Dennehy in Norfolk 
soon and also take in Sweet Briar College 
graduation if possible. 

A card from Byrd Smith Hunter says that 
she was at Sweet Briar for May Day. This 
was the end of a vacation from housekeeping 
which took her to Charlotte and Atlanta. She 
saw Caroline Miller and Gales McClintock 
who have an adorable little boy, "Buck," and 
in Atlanta visited Mary Carter Richardson 
in her new home. 

Page Ruth Foster has been vacationing too — 
a week at Sea Island before Jim's graduation. 
She is now the president of the Sweet Briar 
Club in Alexandria, and so like me has been 
working on this Educational Policy Program. 
We were fortunate to have President Lucas 
a*: the last Baltimore meeting, and believe 
me, all those superlatives you hear about her 
are true! Maggie Baker Kahin was at the 
meeting by the way. She is living in Balti- 
more now while her husband does graduate 
work at Johns Hopkins University. But 1 
seem to have digressed, so back to Page — she 
ran into Didi Christian in Washington. Didi 
is working for Woodward and Lothrop's dress 
department while awai:ing an assignment with 
the State Department — same kind of work 
she did during the war. 


Alumnae Ni u s 

On April 27, Elsie Jackson Hamner Kelly 
presented her young son and daughter a 
new playmate named Walter Kelly, IV. 

Harriet Pullcn Phillips is still at her two- 
day-a-week nursing job, and Effie Sicglnig 
Bowers has just moved into her home in 
Columbus, Georgia, which they have finally 
finished remodelling in spite of difficulties 
with the "odius plumbers." Page also heard 
trum Scottie Simmons MeConnell who says 
that Angela Marston is busy working at 
checking salesmen's reports for some lar^e 

Poor Frances Gregg Petersmeyer certainly 
has my sympathy. As if the New York hous- 
ing problem wasn't enough to contend with, 
Wrede developed an acute appendix which 
went into all sorts of terrific and frightening 
complications, so he was really quite sick, 
and on top of that their little baby, Susan, 
had the flu at the same time. However 
Gregg says everything — except the housing 
situation has straightened out now. She aw 
Bride "Beanie" shortly after she got back 
from her honeymoon. Also Muie talked to 
Bean on the' phone and told me disgustedly 
that she had never thought she would see 
the day when Bean would rave ecstatically 
over marital bliss in typical bridal fashion. 
Ah, love! and we will probably see that 
day for Mu sometime too, I 'spose. As for 
the wedding I told you all I knew last time 
except that Janie Findlay was there. Jane is 
working in New York now. 

And here's an up to date flash, three years 
ago Virginia Knowlton married Mr. Robert 
Fite. There has hardly been time for any 
details to reach me yet except that they are 
living in Columbus, Ohio. 

Camille Guyton Guething is back in De- 
troit after a stay in Florida this winter. She 
often sees Betty Laurie Kimbrough, and 
wrote me that Betty and Dick had recently 
been flooded out of their new house. No 
details on this story either. 

That is about all except for my personal 
run-ins with fellow classmates, and even 
those have not been as numerous as usual. 
Mary Law Taylor was in Baltimore for a 
visit and I had a nice long chat with her 
•while her daughter, Gwendolyn, performed 
her parlor tricks for me. Mary is thinking 
of taking a correspondence course as she finds 
country " life, household chores, and baby 
tending a bit confining and mentally stag- 
nating. Logan Shearer was here for the Mary- 
land Hunt Cup and was literally pining awiy 
tor "Snookie" and his new daughter who arc 
still in Kentucky because there is no phec 
for them to live in Philadelphia. Muie 
Grymes was also up for the race, looking 
very tan and healthy after her Florida trip. 

A letter to Miss Beard from Deborah 
Douglas contained the information that she 
had returned to Haverford College last year 
and had received her M.A. While at Havgr- 
ford Debbie took a course at Bryn Mawr 
in Community Organization and did some 
field work at the Delaware County Welfare 
Council- Since June 1946 she was been a 
Field Representative of the Georgia Citizens 
Council and she says, "I love my work, de- 
spite the political turmoil here ... or be- 
cause of it . . . The Georgia Citizens Council 
is a State agency which grew out of the 
Volunteer War Services Council, and was 
established by the 194* legislature as a per- 
manent agency to 'enlist and coordinate the 

volunteer efforts of all St ate- wide civic vij 
other organizations in programs to improve 
the human resources of the State.'" 

I have just received a last minute postcard 
from Elizabeth Munce. Life finds her Wei) 
settled in the middle west. She has he .. 
working since September at the telephone- 
company as a service representative. She has 
seen Sterling Nettles Murray, '44, and says 
Berghaus has been visiting out that way. 

Keep me posted on your activities over the 
summer, and do be active; one can't make 
spicy reading without spicy material. 

Class Secretary: Connie Sue Budlong, Occu- 
pational Therapy Department, Box 181, Ken- 
nedy Veterans Hospital, Memphis 15, Ten- 

Fund Agent: Marian Shanley (Mrs. Wil- 
liam L. Jacobs) , Box 41, Newport, Arkansas. 

Eleanor Goodspeed has announced her en- 
gagement to Lawrence Abbott, with plans 
for a fall wedding. Eleanor is a member of 
the Monte lair Junior League and she served 
as a Red Cross Nurse's Aide during the war. 
Mr. Abbott is an alumnus of the Peddie 
School in Hightstown and Lehigh University. 
Since his return from four years of service in 
the Army he is an engineer with Western 

Elizabeth Maury became Mrs. Granville G. 
Valentine, Jr., with a big wedding in Rich- 

Mary Coleman White was married on Ap 
26 in Suffolk, Virginia, to L. Preston Hol- 
lander, Jr., who was decorated overseas far 
his service with the 84th Division. Lulu 
Sadowsky was her maid of honor. Mary is 
now living in New York City. 

Shirley Ann Coombs, ex '44, who gradu- 
ated from the University of Missouri, was 
married June 3 to Bart Joseph Ramsour. He 
is a graduate of Notre Dame and veteran of 
more than 3 years in the Navy. 

Franny Pettit is engaged to Frank O'Hallo- 
r?n, Jr., of Cordell, Oklahoma. He attended 
the University of Oklahoma, served in the 
Army overseas, and since his return has 
studied at the University of Wisconsin and 
is now attending Northwestern University's 
Dental School. 

Class Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agent: Mary Haskins (Mrs. Jetton S. 
King) 901 Oak Street, Chattanooga 3, Ten- 

Mary Haskins was married in March to 
jetton S. King, as scheduled. It was a big 
affair and one of the highlights was the 
presence of Mary's sister Nancy home from 
India for the wedding. 

Wyline Chapman was married to Major 
Henry Benton Sayler, Jr. on March 22. 
Major Sayler is in the U. S. Army Air Forces. 

Ann Tyler Parsons of Louisville, ex '45^ is 
engaged to John J. Davis, Jr. 

Betty Rupert Cocke has a position which 
sounds quite fascinating. She is Associate 
Director of Adult Education at Southwestern 
University, Memphis, Tennessee. Her work 
includes both traveling and office organization. 

A big job has been accepted by Audrey 
Teal Betts who is the President of the re- 
cently re-organized New York City Sweet 
Briar Club. She describes her initial task, 

that of verifying who is and who is not 
living in New York City, as just one con- 
fusion following upon another. Audrey ex- 
pects to be at Sweet Briar for a few days 
in mid-July on a visit to Red-Top. 

In March the Personnel Committee of 
S.B.C. presented, as one of a series of career 
panels, a discussion of the teaching profession. 
Lovah Willcox spoke about the nursery school 
where she and Perk Traugott teach in Norfolk. 
She said they were lured by the prospect of 
"short hours and no home-work" and prefer 
not to call it work — it is a pleasant way to 
p~ss their time; However, they have been 
inspired to take a course in child psychology, 
which they heartily recommend for anyone 
working with children. 

We are sadly in need of a class secretary. 
This pathetic little patch of information was 
thrown together in the alumnae office and 
we send it to you apologetically. We know 
that things are happening to all of you but 
to which ones and when we can only guess. 
Sj please someone volunteer to keep the class 
of *4S informed! 


Class Secretary: Dorothy Corcoran, 4S4* 
Ortega Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida. 
Fund Agent: Dorothy S. Caldwell, 4707 
Bayshore Boubvard, Tampa, Florida. 

With great sympathy we report the sudden 
death of Dorothy Corcoran's father on May 
10. The class letter will be just a few notices 
that have come to us in the alumnae office. 

Ellen Thackray stopped to see us early 
in May. She was visiting Wistar Watts. 
Ellen has had a long struggle with mononu- 
cleosis, an obscure blood disease, so that she 
has spent the past year partly in the hospital 
and partly convalescing. 

We have finally succeeded in tracing Car- 
lene Watter who left the class to accelerate 
a: Barnard College. She graduated there in 
194S and was married the same year. Her 
husband is in the U. S. Diplomatic Service. 
Her present address is — Mrs. A. E. Stoll, c o 
Major A. E. Stoll, Office of Military Attache, 
American Embassy, Via Vittorio Veneto — 1 2 1 
Rome, Italy. 

Another ex '46 alumna, Phyllis Exall, was 
married May 17 in Dallas to Alexander W. 
Galbraith, district manager for the Babcock 
& Wilson Tube Company in Houston. Phyllis 
is a graduate of the University of Arizona and 
Mr. Galbraith studied at Cornell University. 

The engagement of Lucy Charles Jones 
was announced May 3. Her fiance is Robert 
Paschal Hendall, Jr., of Danville, Virginia, 
who attended Hampden-Sydney College end 
served 3 years in the U.S. Army Air Forces. 

The first reunion of the class was a very 
small one. Adie Jones Vorhees was back for 
Alumnae Council meeting and she was 
joined by Flo Cameron. Helen GraetT came 
to stay with Anne Hill Edwards in Amherst 
and they attended the banquet. However, 
there is a scrapbook started with the ques- 
tionnaires returned to Helen GraetT. These 
are not complete but should make interesting 
reading (illustrated too!) for all of you 
when you next return to campus. 

Class Secretary: Sally Bailey, 43 North 
Blount Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. 
Fund Agent: Frances Gardner, 622 5 Pow- 
hatan Avenue, Norfolk 8, Virginia. 


Class, 1947 

Abbot, Elizabeth Lee, Holeomb Rock Road, Lynchburg, 

Bailey, Sally, 45 X. Blount Street, Raleigh, N. C. 

Banker, Ernestine Claire, 57 Butler Avenue, Kingston, 

Barron, Virginia Gordon, Horsley Creek Road, Rome, Ga. 

Beard, Anne Beth, Sweet Briar, Virginia. 

Bemiss, Cynthia Merrirield, 12 24 Rothesay Road, Rich- 
mond 21, Virginia. 

Bosworth, Eleanor Hinds, 78 Morningside Park, Memphis 
4. Tennessee. 

Brcnizer, Harriet Irving, 2218 Hopedale Avenue, Char- 
lotte 7, North Carolina. 

Briggs, Ann Elizabeth, 3 5 29 Williamsburg Lane, NW, 
Washington 8, D. C. 

Brinson, Anne, North Shore Road, Algonquin Park, Nor- 
folk 8, Virginia. 

Bryan, Sara Ann, 112 S. Bragg Avenue, Lookout Mountain, 

Burnett, Judith Cary, 5906 Three Chopt Road. Richmond 
2 1, Virginia. 

Burwell, Blair, 185 5 Avondale Circle, Jacksonville 5, Fla. 

Butler, Cecil Louise, 182 8 Powell Place, Jacksonville 5, Fla. 

Caldwell, Elizabeth Garth, 130 East End Avenue, New 
York 28, New York. 

Camblos, Martha Bullitt, Big Stone Gap, Virginia. 

Clark, Anne Macfarlane, 1341 Fairmont Street, NW, 
Washington 9, D. C. 

Clevenger, Constance, "Wickwire", Earleville, Maryland. 

Coe, Eunice de Wolfe, 13303 Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleve- 
land 8, Ohio. 

Cofer, Nancy Weeks, 802 Gray don Avenue, Norfolk 7, Va. 

Colston, Ann Ainslie, 2 834 Courtland Boulevard, Shaker 
Heights, Cleveland 22, Ohio. 

Crumrine, Eleanor Anne, 151 LeMoyne Avenue, Washing- 
ton, Pennsylvania. 

Fitzgerald, Catharine Ames, 413 N. Columbia Street, Union 
City, Indiana. 

Fitzgerald, Suzanne Ames, 413 N. Columbia Street, Union 
City, Indiana. 

Gamble, Gloria, 62 3 Fairmont Avenue, Westfield, N. J. 

Gardner, Frances Nelson, 622 5 Powhatan Avenue, Norfolk 
8, Virginia. 

Golden, Barbara Anne, 1113 Jeanette Avenue, Columbus, 

Gregory, Maria Brown, 2 River Road, Richmond 21, Va. 

Grogan, Laura Lee, 3009 Simondale, Fort Worth 4, Texas. 

Gunter, Shirley, 705 Felder Avenue, Montgomery 6, Ala. 

Hall, Natalie Claire, Islamarado, Matecumbe Key, Florida. 

Hart, Nan Garland, 1836 W. Grace Street, Richmond 20, 

Hazlehurst, Jean, 3900 N. Galloway Drive, Memphis 11, 

Herr, Sara Cecil, 685 Elsmere Park, Lexington 43, Ky. 

Hoehn, Betty Jean, R.F.D. 5, Box 3 56, Memphis, Tenn. 

Holt, Julia Kinsley, Box 42 8, Port Washington, New York. 

Illges, Virginia Howard, 2021 Brookside Drive, Columbus, 

Jackson, Anne Philips, Chatham Hills, Richmond 21, Va. 

Joseph, Alice Pelzer, 1440 S. Perry Street, Montgomery 6, 

Kleeman, Anne, 1137 Madison Street, Clarksville, Tenn. 
Knapp, Elizabeth, 12 11 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton 9, Ohio. 
Levis, Shirley, 173 5 Clinton Street, Rockford, Illinois. 
Lile, Anne Minor, 1133 McGilvra Boulevard, Seattle 2, 

Love, Jean Lee, 610 Fountain Place, Burlington, N. C. 
de Lustrac, Marguerite, 90 bis Avenue Henri Martin, Paris 

XVI, France. 
McCoy, Joan, 3100 Carlisle Road, Birmingham 5, Ala. 
McGuire, Mary Stuart, 1622 Park Avenue, Richmond 20, 

McMullen, Sara Ann, c/'o Col. McMullen, Ward 4, Walter 

Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C. 
Marcoglou, Alexandra N., 815 Park Avenue, New York 6, 

New York. 
Marshall, Ann Louise, 6326 Ridge Avenue, Cincinnati 13, 

Morton, Suzette, 53 8 N. Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. 
Mullen, Elizabeth Scarlette, 1211 Colley Avenue, Apt. 1, 

Norfolk 7, Virginia. 
Munnerlyn, Margaret Middleton, 4589 Ortega Boulevard, 

Jacksonville 5, Florida. 
Munter, Katherine Marie, 3637 Patterson Street, NW, 

Washington 15, D. C. 
Murray, Jacquelin Ann, 737 Maple Street, Spartanburg, 

South Carolina. 
Old, Jean Curtis, 7000 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk 8, Va. 
Pillow, Josephine Dale, 810 McDonough Street, Helena, 

Ray, Genevieve Hazlewood, Forest Hills, Danville, Va. 
Redfern, Margaret Whitaker, Algonquin Park, Norfolk 8, 

Reese, Alice Leigh, 116 S. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, Va. 
Ripley, Lois Elizabeth, 3 329 Grenway Road, Shaker 

Heights, Cleveland 22, Ohio. 
Robertson, Margaret Briscoe Stuart, 6 Tapoan Road, Rich- 
mond 21, Virginia. 
Rosamond, Inez Fennell, 1027 Peabody, Memphis 4, Tenn. 
Royster, Sarah Olivette, 409 Hillsboro Street, Raleigh, 

North Carolina. 
Schuber, Emily Battle, Longchamps Apts., Asheville, N. C. 
Slane, Meredith Clark, 12 00 Westwood Avenue, High 

Point, North Carolina. 
Smith, Martha Claudia, 7606 Maury Arch, Norfolk 8, Va. 
Stafford, Ellenor Knowles, 748 E. High Avenue, New 

Philadelphia, Ohio. 
Stilwell, Jacqueline, 803 N. Dawson Street, Thomasville, 

Street, Katherine Louise, 212 S. Crest Road, Chattanooga 4, 

Tucker, Maria Washington, 2 521 Fairmont Boulevard, 

Cleveland Heights, Cleveland 6, Ohio. 
Uimer, Frances Baker, Ortega Station, Jacksonville 5, Fla. 
Warner, Rebecca Jane, 3 82 5 Free Ferry, Fort Smith, Ark. 
Webb, Anne Neville, St. Paul's School, Concord, N. H. 
Weisiger, Katharine, Milford Hills, Salisbury, N. C. 
White, Margaret Elien, 2 1 Townsend Street, Walton, N. Y. 
Wood, Mary Frances, 90 Wilson Avenue, Rutherford, New 

Wright, La Vonne, 15 00 W. Broadway, Sedalia, Missouri. 
Zulick, Isabel Starr, N. Warren Street, Orwigsburg, Penn. 



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Alumnae News 

October, 1947 

We Alumnae Can Help 

Sweet Briar to maintain a faculty of high calibre by giving to THE 

Now in 1947 

There is a serious crisis in education. If the private college is to 
survive it must compete for faculty members with state-supported 
institutions; it is losing teachers to industry, which offers greater recom- 

The liberal arts college is integral to democracy and to self gov- 
ernment by an enlightened citizenship. 


of the Past Record of the Alumnae Puna 



















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Number within column indicates number of contributors. The correct number 

of 1946-47 contributors is 1349 instead of 1239 as shown in above chart. 

A — This does not include the many Alumnae contributions made to the En- 
dowment and Building Campaign. 

B — This does not include 3 Alumnae gifts totalling $6,0 5 0.00 made directly 
to the College. 

C — This includes 212 Alumnae gifts totalling $12,000.00 to the Mary K. 
Benedict Scholarship and 49 Alumnae gifts totalling $405.00 for a green- 
house honoring Miss Ames. 

D — The Meta Glass Fund for Endowment. 

From 1933-34 Fund through 1946-47 Fund, the Alumnae have contributed 

over $100,000 to the Alumnae Fund. 

(Prepared by Miss Gerry Mallory, '33, Fund Chairman) 

Let's do even better for 1947 






Volume XVII 

October, 1947 

Number. 1 

Harriet Sbau — Elizabeth Van Aken, Editors 

TheSweet Briar Alumnae Association 


Mrs. Frederic William Scott 

(Elizabeth Pinkercotl, '3 6) 

Bundoran Farm, North Garden, Virginia 

Past President — Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, '30) 

Box 54M, Drake Road, Cincinnati 27, Ohio 


Director of Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Edward C. Marshall 

(Edith Durrell, '21) 

6326 Ridge Avenue, Pleasant Ridge 

Cincinnati 13, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Mrs. Stephen Coerte Voorhees 

(Adeline Jones, '46) 

Windy Hill Farm 

Bedminster, New Jersey 

Executive Secretary and Treasurer 

Harriet V. Shaw, '3 7 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Alumna Member of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia W. Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond 21, Virginia 

Alumnae Members, Board of Overseers 

Margaret Banister, '16 

Stoneleigh Court, Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. Richard E. Barnes 

(Elsetta Gilchrist, '27) 

6515 York Road, Parma Heights, Cleveland 9, Ohio 

Chairman of the Alumnae Fund 
Mrs. William L. Jacobs 

(Marian Shanley, '44) 
Box 41, Newport, Arkansas 


About the Alumnae Fund Inside Front Cover 

In Memoriam — Dean Dutton .... 

Nominations Are in Order 

Founder's Day 

A B C's of Admission Today 

Current Reading in The Field of Education . 

Letter From Elizabeth Scott .' 

Speaking For Ourselves 

Dean Lyman Answers Some Questions 

New Council Member 

Regional Plan For Alumnae Clubs 

Glimpses of Europe 

Faculty and Staff — Fall, 1947 


Salaries and Student Fees 17 

New Students at Sweet Briar 
Announcements of Faculty: 


Sabbatical Leaves 
Class Notes 



Letters to the Editor 32 

Cover: Freshman, courtesy 1946 Briar Patch 

Mrs. John H. Cronly 

(Martha Valentine, Academy) 

1416 Park Avenue, Richmond 20, Virginia 

Mrs. Frederick H. Skinner 

(Louise Hammond, '19) 

North Shore Road, Algonquin Park, 

Norfolk, Virginia 

Mrs. Homer A. Holt 

(Isabel Wood, '19) 

Cornwell's Beach Road, Sands Point, L. I., 

New York 

Mrs. Charles Wadhams 

(Marian Shafer, '21) 

112 Adams Street, Brockport, New York 

Mrs. Adrian M. Massie 

(Gertrude Dally, '22) 

Purchase Street, Rye, New York 

Members of the Alumnae Council 

Mrs. John Twohy 

(Grace Merrick, '24) 

44.2 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk 7, Virginia 

Mrs. Fred Andersen 

(Katherine Blount, '26) 

Bayport, Minnesota 

Mrs. Thomas K. Scott 

(Amelia Hollis, '29) 

3 606 Plymouth Place, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. John S. Smith 

(Ruth Hasson, '3 0) 

204 Lingrove Place, Pittsburgh 8, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. John B. Orgain, Jr. 

(Norvell Royer, '3 0) 

2013 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 

Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown 

(Sally Shallenberger, '32) 

Ashbourne, Harrods Creek, Kentucky 

Mrs. Ollinger Crenshaw 

(Marjorie Burford, '3 3) 

615 Marshall Street, Monroe Park 

. Lexington, Virginia 

Mrs. Henry L. Young, Jr. 

(Lida Voigt, '3 5) 

2924 Nancy Creek Road, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 

Mrs. Ralph A. Rotnem 

(Alma Martin, '36) 

3 30 East 79th Street, New York 21, N. Y. 

Lucy Lloyd, '41 
Valley Brook Farm, Downingtown, Penn. 

Emily Helen Dutton 

September 29, 1869 — June 18, 1947 

Emily Helen Dutton ranks high in the list of th; people who have given devoted service to Sweet Briar, 
and the service was not only devoted, but gladly and proudly given. Sweet Briar made a deep appeal to her and 
seemed a fine tool for the education of America's young women. 

She came as Dean just before President McVea waj ill. Before she had been there a year she was fulfilling 
that most difficult task of having the responsibility for the administration without the authority on which the 
administration rests. After Miss McVea's resignation, she stepped into the more restricted post to which she had 
been appointed with grace and apparent happiness. Beyond that she gave unstintingly of herself to help a raw 
new president do her work, which would have been more inadequate than it was without her guidance and efforts. 

Among the qualities that her friends must always admire in her was a sweetness of spirit in the face of such 
difficult and unkind attitudes as all persons in a long life of work with people encounter. That rare and enviable 
tribute contained in the sentence "She is a Christian and a Lady" fits her as if made for her. 

Meta Glass, President Emeritus 

^Emtlg JMclnt JJuttmt 

Dean Emeritus 

By Mary J. Pearl, Professor of Greek and Latin 

THE DEATH of Dean Emeritus Emily Helen Dutton, 
on June 1 8 of this year, brings a sense of real loss to 
e\ erv Sweet Briar alumna who was privileged to know her, 
and to the faculty members who were associated with her. 

Emily Helen Dutton was born September 29, 1869, in 
Shirley, Mass., the daughter of the Reverend Albert Ira 
and Helen Abby Dutton. Her father was proficient in 
several ancient languages, having mastered Latin, Greek, 
Hebrew and Sanskrit. This taste and aptitude was shared 
by his daughter. She attended Monson Academy, one of 
the old New England private schools, of which her father 
was a trustee. She then went to Mount Holyoke Seminary, 
which became Mount Holyoke College while she was a 
student there, and she graduated in one of the first classes 
accorded the full A.B. degree. Later she received a master's 
degree from Radcliffe College, and obtained a doctorate of 
philosophy at the University of Chicago, where she was 
Fellow in Latin from 1906 to 1909. 

Her earliest teaching was in secondary schools in Utah 
and Minnesota, and then in the Girl's High School in 
Brooklyn. For eight years she was a member of the Latin 
department of Vassar College. It was during this period 
that she spent two years studying in Germany, and had the 
privilege of attending lectures by some of the most dis- 
tinguished German classical scholars, among them Wilamo- 

In 1909 Miss Dutton went to Tennessee College in 
Murfreesboro as Professor of Greek and Latin, and subse- 
quently she became dean of the college. She left Tennessee 
College in 192 3 to come to Sweet Briar as Dean and Pro- 
fessor of Greek and Latin. Here she remained until her 
retirement in 1940, when she became Dean Emeritus. 
From 1942 until her death she resided in Lynchburg and 
was a frequent and welcome visitor at Sweet Briar. 

Under Dean Dutton's name in Who's Who there is an 
imposing list of the organizations in which she took active 
part. Her beloved classics were a sort of leaven in her 
life, and from the humanities her interests extended into 
many lines. She was actively interested in education in 
general, and in educational standards, particularly in 
women's colleges. In this connection she did valuable and 
constructive work on the national committee on standards 
of colleges in the American Association of Universty 
Women from 1921 to 1933, acting as chairman for the 
last eight years of this time. She was always intensely con- 
cerned over national and world affairs, and her broad in- 
terests were demonstrated by her reading and her activities. 

The influence of her childhood training and her parent- 
age was reflected clearly in her character. Her surviving 
brother, Mr. Albert I. Dutton, has written me as follows: 
"From the strict but kindly and religious atmosphere of 
a minister's parsonage we children must have absorbed a 

lasting background of high principles, and an understand- 
ing of the things in life that are worth while. All this 
and more were continuously taught us by precept and 
example. I think that Emily, most of all was receptive to 
these home influences. She was always industrious, always 
ambitious, always kind and generous and faithful. The 
two qualities which stand out strongest in my memory 
are her sense of duty and her generosity." We who knew 
her in her later years will, I think, agree with this portrayal 
as true of her throughout her life. In 193 3 Sweet Briar 
recognized the influence of her character by conferring 
upon her the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Founder's 

Dean Dutton loved to teach. Those of you who were in 
her classes will remember her keen enjoyment of Horace, 
her deep appreciation of the philosophical writings of 
Lucretius and Cicero, and best of all, her delight when she 
initiated someone into the joys of Greek. For her, Socrates 
was a living inspiration and example, and Homer opened 
the door of fairyland. When a student in her classes caught 
the spark of her enthusiasm, she knew the true joy of the 

Not all of her teaching was done in the classroom. A 
delightful story from her youth has come to me from her 
brother, who writes: "One little incident of her teaching 
experience may amuse you. I was attending Worcester 
Academy, and for some forgotten reason suddenly con- 
ceived a wish to acquire enough Greek to join the class 
which had already absorbed a year of it. So, in the summer 
vacation, Emily offered to teach me. There was a beautiful 
tree-shaded lake near our home in Framingham, and there 
I had a fine canoe equipped with carpets, cushions, back- 
rests and the like. Emily liked canoeing and loved teach- 
ing. So the lake and the canoe became our schoolroom; 
quite successfully indeed, for back at the Academy in the 
fall I passed the examination without trouble, and some- 
what to my surprise." 

To Dean Dutton, each student was an individual, not 
just another student, and so their successes and failures 
were cause for affectionate pride or sorrow, and she did not 
forget them when they left college. I often heard her ex- 
press her pleasures as having seen or heard from an alumna, 
and she followed with keen interest and appreciation the 
successes of alumnae in careers and in homemaking, which 
was in her opinion one of the most important careers. 

Wherever she was Miss Dutton was interested in the 
people and things about her. While she was on sabbatical 
leave in 1931, she had the misfortune to break an ankle, 
and consequently spent ten weeks in the Red Cross Hos- 
pital near Mount Hymettus outside of Athens. I chanced 
to be in Athens during part of the time, and went to see 
her frequently. There was no complaints over the upsetting 
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Alumnae New s 

Nominations Are in Order 


Edna Lee Cox, '2 6 
Chairman of the Nominating Committee 

Founders' Day 

October 24, 1947 

President Martha B. Lucas has designated Founders' Day 
as a memorial to Miss Dutton. Dr. Grace Warren Landrum, 
a lifelong friend of Miss Dutton's and a person whose work 
and interests have been markedly similar, will come to 
Sweet Briar to deliver the address. Miss Landrum retired 
this year after 20 years of active service at William and 
Mary where she was both dean of women and professor of 
English. Although she has published articles covering a 
range from Middle English to American Literature, she 
is especially noted as a Spenserian scholar. 

Like Miss Dutton, Dean Landrum is a clergyman's 
daughter, and studied as Miss Dutton did at Radcliffe and 
the University of Chicago, after which she also taught at 
Tennessee College. Miss Landrum was an associate pro- 
fessor of English at Westhampton College before going 
to William and Mary. Her span of interests include the 
A. A. U. W., Phi Beta Kappa affairs, and other societies 
particularly concerned with educational standards, just 
as Miss Dutton's did. 

Next spring it will be time to vote for new officers of 
the Alumnae Association and sixteen new members of the 
Alumnae Council. In order that this long ballot may list 
a group of nominees widely representative of geographical 
regions as well as of class groups the Nominating Com- 
mittee has a great deal of work to do. 

The Alumnae Council last spring designated the Wash- 
inton, D. C. area as the center for the 1947-48 Nomi- 
nating Committee and Edna Lee Cox, '26, accepted the 
chairmanship. Mrs. Cox has twice been President of the 
Alumnae Association and she recently completed a six- 
year term as a member of the Board of Overseers. She is 
one of three alumnae appointed last spring to the board's 
committee on Endowment. Those serving on the nominat- 
ing committee are: Harriet Evans Wyckoff, '15, 
Cornelia Wailes Wailes, '27, Elizabeth Valentine Goodwyn, 
'29, Lisa Guigon Shinberger, '29, Jean Sprague, '34, Helen 
Schneider, '3 5, Ellen Snodgrass Park, '37, Jane Collins 
Corwin, '37, Rose Hyde Fales, '38, Page Ruth Foster, '43, 
and Antoinette LeBris Maynard, '45. 

The committee has already begun its work. Names of 
possible candidates will be welcomed, especially if they are 
accompanied by some listing of qualifications, activities, 
positions held, and so forth. Send your suggestions as soon 
as possible to Mrs. Joseph W. Cox, Jr., 3407 Woodlev Road, 
NW, Washington 16, D. C. 

Council members are expected to attend the three reg- 
ular meetings each year at Sweet Briar for the determina- 
tion of association policy, the transaction of alumnae 
business, and to gain a greater understanding of the college, 
its progress, and its problems. There are no funds available 
for travel expenses of Council members but they stay at 
Sweet Briar as guests of the college for the meetings. 

Emily Helen Dutton 

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of all her plans. Instead she had much to tell about the 
nurses, many of whom were refugees from the Turks in 
Asia Minor. They responded to her sympathetic interest, 
and she was a great favorite with them all. Her room in 
the hospital looked towards Mount Hymettus, and recently 
she told me that she thought she knew every fold of the 
mountain in all its different aspects as the light and shadow 

In the years that Miss Dutton was at Sweet Briar, the 
college grew in size and reputation. Not a little of this 
was due to her high standards of scholarship and her able 
but sympathetic administration of her duties as dean. Her 
energy was indefatigable, and she devoted it wholeheartedly 
to the service of the college. Miss Glass once said that all 
who have given something of themselves to the growth 
of the college must be regarded as founders. In a very real 
sense this is true of Dean Dutton, and we will remember 
her among the founders of Sweet Briar. 

October, 1947 

The A B C's of Admissions Today 

Berntce Drake Lill, Director of Admission 
This is the third article in the current educational policy series and is meant as a basis for October discussion. 

My thanks to you, alumnae, who have sent word about 
what you wish to know about admission, both through 
your club reports and through kindly advice. "Keep it 
simple" and "Tell us the reasons for the changes" are 
the recurrent words which will guide me in this third 
paper for your discussions. 

Nineteen years ago when I first came to Sweet Briar the 
Committee on Admission was the hard-working, devoted 
group which it has continued to be through these years 
which have witnessed changes in the committee's personnel 
but constancy in its spirit of service. Back in 1929 we 
chose applicants on certificates — school records and prin- 
cipal's recommendations — selecting the new freshman class 
from the students who were first in presenting satisfactory 
records. When the vacancies were filled we opened a 
waiting list and chose from it as changes made more 
acceptances possible. The weaknesses of this system are 
evident; late applicants might be stronger students than 
some already accepted, but the places were filled; we had 
to judge ability by performance in secondary schools, and 
some schools were much more liberal than others in the 
giving of high grades and glowing recommendations. We 
did not know the applicant's rank in her class, whether 
an all 'A' record represented a top-flight student or a 
generous-minded school. We admitted some mighty fine 
students, but too many who found Sweet Briar's standards 
difficult. So we started our file of schools, now running 
over a thousand in number, where we recorded school 
grades side by side with freshman grades, subject by subject. 
In 1931 we began requiring a psychological examination 
designed to test linguistic and mathematical ability. We 
requested the schools to report rank in class, size of class. 
From the applicant herself we wished word about her 
enthusiasms (in and out of school), her reading habits, 
her reason for wanting a liberal arts education and for 
wanting it at Sweet Briar; so we began asking each appli- 
cant to write us about these things. And how we have 
enjoyed this direct contact with our applicants! 

The aptitude test proved very helpful, and for some 
fifteen years we sent out the American Council Psychol- 
ogical Examination to schools, which administered the 
test and returned it to us for scoring. An increasing num- 
ber of applicants (see No. 4 in appended statistics) were 
offering the Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Board, 
even though this test was not required by Sweet Briar. 
This, also, is a test of verbal and mathematical ability, 
carefully supervised at the hundreds of centers where it 
is offered four or five times a year. Our confidence in this 
test grew with its continued use, and, as you know from 
the announcement in the April, 1947, Alumnae News, 

the faculty voted to require the so-called S.A.T. of all 
applicants beginning with entrance in 1947. This move 
we took with increased confidence because of the larger 
number of students taking the test each year, some 39,000 
having taken it in the school year 1945-1946. 

Now you have a picture of the papers the College 
requires for admission: school record, including rank in 
class and principal's recommendation of personality and 
school citizenship; Scholastic Aptitude Test; a letter from 
the applicant. Beyond these we ask some applicants to 
take three achievement tests of the College Board, usually 
in April of the senior year in school. The applicant who 
has not struck her stride until the later years of her course, 
whose record does not look too strong but who has had 
solid work, or whose school is not accredited by its regional 
association — these may win places by showing on three 
one-hour tests that their achievement in school is really 

And this explains why many Sweet Briar applicants, 
like those of many other women's colleges, do not receive 
word of their acceptance until May of their senior year. 
We review the school records at the close of the first senior 
term, getting most of the papers in hand by early March; 
and on this basis we advise the taking of the April achieve- 
ment tests. Of course many students are already planning 
to take the April tests — those who are scholarship appli- 
cants, those attending preparatory schools which require 

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the tests, those applying also at colleges which require 
them of all applicants. This accounts for a large number; 
but there are others, mostly from high schools not familiar 
with the tests, who are disappointed not to receive definite 
word at an earlier date. 

The selection is made, then, by the Committee on Ad- 
mission in a series of spring meetings. But all through the 
year we are counselling and guiding students, some of 
whom are still in the earlier years of their courses. We 
encourage students, parents, and schools to write us all 
along the way and to send us preliminary records even for 
those who have not filed formal applications. We are glad 
to advise about courses of study and we occasionally guide 
students toward other plans in the hope of avoiding late 
disappointment here. As I write this, we have recently 
reviewed the preliminary records of some 2 50 applicants 
for 1948. Many of these have taken the S.A.T., gaining 
valuable experience even though they may not have made 
the scores approved for junior applicants. 

No longer do we "require" certain subjects for admis- 
sion; we "recommend" that students offer four years of 
English, five years of foreign language (or four years of 
Latin), three years of mathematics and one of history. 
We favor sequential study, subjects carried for three or 
more years, as against single-year subjects. We have ap- 
proved such varied entrance units as dramatics, sociology, 
fundamentals of music, history of art. We ask schools 
to send us descriptions of such courses, which are reviewed 
by our professors; and we encourage schools to let us know 
about the new and different courses they are introducing. 
This makes for a lively contact with schools which are 
imaginative in their curriculum-planning. 

Because we wish to attract students of ability, who have 
zeal for a liberal education and who give promise of 
becoming the sort of citizen the world gravely needs, the 
Committee on Admission has wished that competition for 
admission be quite free. For this reason it has never set 
quotas, geographical, religious or by type of school. Our 
wide geographical spread, thirty-odd states and several 
foreign countries each year, gives Sweet Briar a national 
and even an international character. (See No. I in appended 
statistics.) Last year students from the southern states 
comprised just half our registration, which looks a bit 
too well-balanced to have just happened that way, but 
nevertheless it did. 

With increased expenses the College has raised the 
amount of the twelve competitive scholarships to cover 
the higher cost of tuition. And in 1946 the first full- 
expense scholarship was offered on a competitive basis, to 
a student who would be unable to attend Sweet Briar 
without this aid. The first award went to a student from 
the Durham (North Carolina) High School, and this year 
it goes to a applicant from the Highland Park (Illinois) 
High School. 

Looking back I can recall the exciting time when we 
admitted our first alumna daughter; I can recall the affec- 

tion and pride with which we followed her progress, our 
joy when she received her degree. At Commencement last 
June six alumnae saw their daughters receive their degrees, 
and I wish you could all have been here to share in that 
experience. We welcome alumnae daughters with a special 
warmth because they revive happy memories and strengthen 
proven loyalties. But — and here we approach a very sensi- 
tive question — we want them to win their entrance on 
the same basis as other applicants. When the choice lies 
between applicants whose credentials are equally satisfac- 
tory we favor the daughter of an alumna. 

It goes without saying that every year we make some 
mistakes. Some freshmen do not fulfill the high hopes 
we held for them, and it is the difficult task of the Dean 
to drop them or give them special guidance. In general 
these are the students who offered the less strong entrance 
papers, but not always. So unpredictable is human nature! 
Each year we follow with warm interest the statistics 
which reflect the success of the chosen group; and we are 
assured that we are on the right path by finding that the 
grade average of the freshmen is rising from year to year. 
Cheered by freshman successes and chastened by their 
failures, the Committee on Admission painstakingly con- 
siders the schools, the aptitude scores, the records and the 
recommendations of those who do not meet the academic 
standards. As every member of the Committee on Admis- 
sion is an adviser with her own group to counsel, and as 
the majority of the committee teach freshmen, our con- 
tinuing interest and self-criticism are assured. In these 
days of unprecedented pressure for college admission every- 
where, it follows naturally that a larger number of appli- 
cants must be disappointed about admission, which has 
not failed to reach alumnae ears. 

Don't you alumnae want to work with the Committee 
on Admission? There are so many ways you could help us. 
Different colleges have found different plans; and we would 
gladly share with you information about some of these. 
Once we tried the Alumnae Representative plan, and our 
catalogue lists the names of alumnae who have served with 
generosity and skill by attending organized college con- 
ferences, by interviewing applicants who sought this in- 
formal contact, by calling our scholarships to the attention 
of outstanding students, by recommending (often with 
discrimination) students from their communities, by enter- 
taining accepted students and making them feel happy 
anticipation in joining the alumnae group. Perhaps from 
these discussions there may develop a "committee on ad- 
mission" in each center where you are meeting. If some 
such plan were to evolve it could be a continuing service 
to Sweet Briar which you might find exciting and reward- 
ing, and which would surely enrich your college. 

Here are a few statistics which answer some pertinent 
alumnae questions: 

(Contiiuit'tl on next page) 

October, 1947 

Current Reading in the Field of Education 

Many alumnae have cold us that they did not see Mrs. 
Lyman's bibliography, intended for use as background 
material for discussion programs. We list below the books 
and articles that are still in print and available. The com- 
ments are not Mrs. Lyman's. 


1. Education at Sweet Briar, published by Sweet 

Briar College 

2. The Liberal Arts College in an Expanding 

World, address of Professor Brand Blanshard of 
Yale University, in The Inauguration of Martha 
Lucas as President of Suect Briar College, published 
by Sweet Briar College 

3. Inaugural Address of Martha Lucas; same as 


4. General Education in a Free Society, Harvard 

Press, 194 5 
An overall discussion of educational theory and conflict, 
inquired into by a committee of faculty members at Har- 
vard. It encompasses the general educational problems in 
both secondary schools and colleges and points out the 
inadequacies of the pre-col'ege training and consequential 
deficiencies of the first two college years. The book is 
basically liberal and might be termed "in line" with the 
democratic spirit. 


1. The Coming Revolution in Adult Education, 
by Mark Starr; Saturday Review of Literature, 
February 8, 1947 
This article is out of print but may be found in the 

periodical file of almost any public library. Our Louisville 

club thought this worthy of being read at Convocation 
to all students at Sweet Briar! 

2. Liberal Education Re-Examined — Its Role in a 

Democracy, by Theodore M. Greene and others, 

Harpers, 1943 
Another result of committee study, in this case by mem- 
bers appointed by the American Council of Learned 
Societies. It is an inquiry into the place of the humanities 
in education. It evaluates the present situation and con- 
siders our ultimate objectives in the field of the liberal arts. 

3. Democratic Education, by Benjamin Fine, Thomas 

Y. Crowell Company, 194 5 

(Out of print but available in some libraries, es- 
pecially state libraries) 
Mr. Fine, Educational Editor of the New York Times, 
pclled 5,000 veterans returning to college, high school 
students, and parents, in order to determine their edu- 
cational wants and aims. He points up the current crisis 
in regard to the liberal arts by enumerating the weaknesses 
of classic, "aristocratic" education, the need for a broader 
social base for education, and suggests placing emphasis on 
social studies, economics, psychology, history, and tech- 

4. On Education, by Sir Richard Livingstone, Mac- 

millan, 1944 
This single volume is the combined text of two English 
best sellers, The Future for Education, and Education 
for a World Adrift, and it contains a forward by Vir- 
ginia Gildersleeve, former Dean of Barnard College. The 
author believes in education for "every" man and for the 
"whole" man; and he is a firm believer in a purposeful edu- 

1. Geographical Distribution 1946-1947 

States represented 36, foreign countries and U.S. 

possessions 5 : 

North East 33% 

South East | gy 

SouthWest , /C 

Middle and North West 14% 

Far West 2% 

Foreign Countries 1% 

2. Schools 

The percentage of students who had their preparation 
in different types of schools in the last two years is 
as follows: 

1946 1947 

Public schools only 36% 34% 

Private schools only 37% 38% 

Both public and private schools. . . .27% 28% 

3. Alumnae daughters admitted 7 14 

4. Percentage of students admitted who offered the 
Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Board as a 
part of their entrance credentials: 

1943 38% 

1944 53% 

1945 68% 

1946 73% 

5. Statistics taken from the Annual Reports of the 
College Entrance Examination Board, showing the 
number of Sweet Briar applicants taking the S.A.T. 

and those taking the "series" (the achievement tests 
with or without the S.A.T.) 


1943 44 66 110 

1944 96 93 189 

1945 98 116 214 

1946 117 110 217 

Alumnae News 

Ke : Educational "Discussion Program 

Dear Alumnae: 

It was just a year ago that Miss Benedict's article, "Wake 
Up, Alumnae!" appeared in our magazine, and its effect 
in waking us up can be judged from the following sum- 
mary of our discussions held last spring. We, at Sweet 
Briar, are not alone in questioning our curriculum, as 
those of you know who have read of Vassar's new plans, 
many of which are echoed in suggestions made by our own 
alumnae. Now that we have done some thinking on the 
subject, I would ask you all to re-read Miss Benedict's 
article, which holds even more meaning for us this year 
than last. 

Our committee planned the first discussion so that old 
and new alumnae, alike, should have the same "core" of 
knowledge about Sweet Briar but very soon the clubs 
should be "on their own", doing their own study and 
thinking about education with increasing maturity and 
independence. The reports from our discussions show, that 
while our alumnae have intelligent perception and wisdom 
to offer the college, many of us are "behind the times" on 
Sweet Briar at present, and some of our criticisms" reflect 
lack of knowledge of what is being done now. We have 
many ideas about courses that would be valuable for effec- 
tive living, but we have not yet denned our goals. What 
do we conceive to be the task of education in a democracy 
and what means must be used to accomplish this task? 

It might be well for us to examine the plans of other 
women's colleges of various types. Have they any sug- 
gestions we can use, especially have they the art of teaching 
students to apply in practice what they have learned in 


Let us keep on with our thinking and talking and we 
should continue to find that we have ourselves enjoyed 
and profited from good thought and talk together. Let 
us become more informed about what is being done at 
Sweet Briar. Use all the information you can get from 
books, from people and from other colleges. Then let your 
discussions carry you in any direction you choose. Let 
your conclusions be conservative or revolutionary. We've 
just begun to scratch the surface. Lets keep on thinking 
and telling Sweet Briar what we've thought and talked 

Our aim in the words of the Vassar statement, is 
"To develop students who can live in a modern world 
as women and citizens with a sustaining philosophy, a 
disciplined intelligence, and an active sense of their obli- 
gation, as educated citizens, to bring their learning to 
bear on problems of their own lives and of the collective 
life of society. We need to do much more thinking about 
this "aim" and how it can be realized. 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott, '36 
President, Alumnae Association 


by Sue Slaughter, '13 

After graduating from Sweet Briar Miss Slaughter taught school 
for a year and then went on to receive her diploma from the New 
York School of Social Work. She has practiced social work in New 
York, Baltimore, Louisville, and finally in Norfolk, her home, where 
she was for many years Director of the Family Welfare Association. 
This report of last spring's alumnae discussion was prepared at the 
request of the Alumnae Council. (Italics are quotations from club 

It was with no little trepidation that members of 
twenty-three Sweet Briar clubs last spring approached the 
question of "Education at Sweet Briar". Not being edu- 
cators themselves, they felt it presumptuous to suggest any 
changes and their humility was heightened by the 
sense of guilt haunting each one — guilt at opportunities 
missed, snap courses taken and all the many learned facts 
since forgotten. But, as one club phrased it, "No one can 
iii i use us, after our very timid approach to the curriculum, 
of not coming up with some rather startling suggestions." 

No club sent answers to all the questions propounded 
and only two clubs and one individual reply attempted 
to say "what makes a well-educated woman" but, by 
implication, if not in formal words, all alumnae thought 
was focused on the good mother and the good citizen 
and their convictions that women should be educated 
toward these two goals. It is likely that home makers were 
a majority of the alumnae discussants which might, of 
course, color the reports. 

The sexes equally need training in ability to think 
effectively, to communicate, to make relevant judgments 
and to discriminate among values; equally they need the 
same factual education for the professions but, since most 
women are home makers above all else, there was almost 
universal agreement that they should be educated to fill 
this, their essential role. 

Gratitude was expressed by all for what they had learned; 
they "would choose a liberal arts course if the) had their 
college years to go over again". "It taught us how to lite 
well and happily during our leisure hours", but repeatedly, 
from clubs and from individuals, came the cry, "Why 
can't we have an education both practical and theoretical?" 
Wrote one young mother, "Sweet Briar gave me a most 
liberal education in the appreciation and evaluation of tin- 
Arts but most of us arc occupied with another art that 
is not an avocation but a vocation — that of housekeeping. 
Most of its have had to learn it the hard way — after mar- 
riage. Perhaps ten years ago that wouldn't have made much 
difference but today, when a full-time 'cook' is almost 
an im possibility (and I think she will continue to be!) a 
great many of ns are having to learn her duties and manage 
as best we can — not very artfully, cither! Wouldn't it 
have been much simpler and wiser if we had been able to 

October, 1947 

learn it — as an ART, in college — though, perhaps not 
'for credit'}" 

There was no agreement on whether training for mar- 
riage and home making should be taught in college (the 
time for laboratory work being a stumbling block here) 
or high school or in summer school, but there were a num- 
ber of suggestions. One was that two years of cooking 
plus one year of high school chemistry should be accepted 
as part of the college entrance requirements and that, lack- 
ing this, a summer course in cooking (credit being given) 
should be required before graduation. A post-graduate 
professional course in domestic science was not at all 
what was wanted. 

The needs of home makers were not alone in cooking, 
budgeting, and management but also in interior decorating, 
furniture, plumbing, and gardening. These last subjects, 
may I hasten to add, were not to be given "for credit". 
The Delaware plan, for teaching broader understanding of 
people, and the course on marriage given at the University 
or California, were cited as helpful examples. One strongly- 
felt need was for scientific knowledge of the psychology 
of the normal child (treated as simply as in Government 
bulletins). "This cannot be successfully acquired after 
parenthood," says Louisville, "when the impersonal ap- 
proach is infinitely more difficult to achieve." Courses now 
given at Sweet Briar on topics related to children and the 
family were not considered a substitute for what is the 
felt need, i.e. for enough efficiency in homemaking to leave 
time for community service. "The woman today who is 
a leader in her community can only assume outside respon- 
sibility if she has been able to manage her home efficiently. 
She can no longer delegate this matter to servants. The 
Home is the laboratory wherein the new generation is 
nurtured. Let us think without prejudice whether we need 
'lab periods' as preparation for the work 'of this most im- 
portant of all laboratories." The proper course on The 
Family and the Home, taught in college, would not be 
elementary. "The only thing elementary about it is the 
need for it." 

If, as one club declared, "The end product of the Liberal 
Arts Education today is the responsible citizen", then, how 
well have Sweet Briar women prepared for the "inescapable 
obligation in a Democracy"? Unconsciously, students at 
Sweet Briar are conditioned for later community respon- 
sibility. "The closely integrated student and community 
life is an experience in cooperation, open-mindedness, and 
purposefulness" which is, of course, basic to good citizen- 
ship. Alumnae felt that on the other hand it would be 
possible for a girl to go through the four years at Sweet 
Briar without taking a single course which was a formal 
preparation for citizenship. Suggestions are legion: "Amer- 
ican history should be required unless the student has had 
two years of it in preparatory school." A course in govern- 
ment, "not just American government but world govern- 
ment", should be recommended to all students. "We need 
to know more about man's struggle against tyranny so we 
may prize our freedom and guard it." There should be a 

citizenship course, teaching the how and why of voting as 
well as "how to formulate opinions and what to do about 
them"; a Current Events course required of all classes 
every year and teaching "how to read a newspaper, listen 
to a broadcast, recognize bias". "A core course on the 
economic world, beginning with the Industrial Revolution, 
continuing with Britian in the 19th century and our 
present world" ; a course on "Women as Citizens in Amer- 
ican Democracy", a course on public speaking, given in the 
freshman year and practiced in classes thereafter. 

Geography and geo-politics should be taught "in this 
world of global thinking". But there should be a founda- 
tion of history in order that students may understand prob- 
lems of modern democracy and international relations. 
Outside speakers on current topics and debates on domestic 
and international issues (debates would supplement class- 
room work and stimulate interest) were other suggestions. 
On the practical side, an active League for Young Voters 
might be started on campus for students about to attain 
their majority. If possible, some way should be devised 
to help students realize that "Life doesn't always go by 
the book". 


Several clubs had the same general idea when they 
recommended courses (similar to the ones now given on 
Classical Civilization and the French Revolutionary Period) 
covering the Medieval World, China and Oriental Culture, 
Africa, Modern Europe, Latin America, and Russia. "The 
present courses are not adequate for the world now before 
us. We need and want to know more about the peoples of 
the world." 

A core course based on history and relating all other 
courses, taught by a group of professors and extending, 
perhaps, through the whole four years, was another sug- 
gestion. Work in dynamic psychology with emphasis on 
human relations was wanted as well as a basic course on 
religion — "We have such childish religious ideas when we 
graduate". To make room for the new required courses 
it was suggested that less emphasis be put on foreign 
languages. But for Language Majors, a much greater 
speaking knowledge (perhaps living on "language corri- 
dors") was stressed. Music appreciation and art apprec- 
iation were praised for their post-graduate usefulness and 
a new Art Major should be offered which would permit 
students to combine a liberal arts course with more tech- 
nical skills. A number of clubs advised that students be 
given an opportunity ("probably not for credit") to learn 
business skills needed by the "working girl" or by the 
woman managing her own finances. One club suggested 
summer courses for adults (with a camp for their child- 
ren). Except for a survey course in Science (without lab) 
there was no request for different courses in Science, Latin, 
Greek or Mathematics. In spite of the wealth of curri- 
culum suggestions, alumnae were, of course, aware that 
"a student should not be taught more than he can think 

Without a precise knowledge of what a "core course" 
actually is, the clubs dared not risk a reply to Mrs. Lyman's 


Alumnae News 

second question. Several thought that Sweet Briar's balance 
between required and elective courses is satisfactory but 
they seemed inclined to define more narrowly the courses 
that should be required. With one or two exceptions, 
the alumnae favored a range of subjects rather than inten- 
sive specialization. Barring a very few courses needed 
by women and citizens, a "democracy of choice" in the 
elective system was favored, but the choice of possible 
courses should be limited by the general pattern that has 
been agreed upon for women and citizens. Recent gradu- 
ates believed Sweet Briar's curriculum plan is an "organic 
whole"; old graduates had to take their word for it. 


How subjects should be taught came in for many sug- 

Discussions were considered far superior to lectures and 
quizzes. Every class should have a question period. There 
should be more emphasis on critical thinking and reasoned 
conclusions and less on memorizing. Trends and general 
movements are more important than a mass of detail. 
"//; eiery field and in every course, the professors should 
place more emphasis on the relationship of past and present 
as they go along. We need a background of the past but we 
need to be shown how to use it in our consideration of 
present day problems". Emphasis should be put on the 
inter-relationship of knowledge. One club suggested an 
orientation class for freshmen — possibly six weeks long and 
conducted by heads of departments. Such a course would 
bridge the gap between school and college, give freshmen 
a better idea of the correlation of subjects, the meaning 
of a liberal arts education, the vocational possibilities in 
the various fields and, most important, acquaint them with 
different professors, too many of whom they may otherwise 
never know. "Freshmen might hare more initiative and 
intellectual curiosity if they cou'd choose more of their 
courses and spread out the requirements over all four 
years." Instead of day by day assignments, students would 
learn more if they worked independently, coming together 
periodically for discussions and guidance. Since classes are 
small, there might be more stimulating discussion if all 
majors in each field met together occasionally. For the 
sake of pulling the subject matter together, comprehensive 
exams should be given all seniors without, however, letting 
resulting grades affect graduation. At the end of every 
year it might be well to have each student make a written 
evaluation of what she has gained from each course. 

Majors should be given practical field work. For instance, 
"internships" away from college, could be arranged in 
teaching, in welfare organizations, in nursery schools, the 
college being responsible for adequate professional super- 
vision of students and giving credit for their work. History 
students could make trips for research, art majors could 
visit galleries and museums. But methods are only a means 
to an end; the inspiration of the teacher is more important 
than his methods. Several people believed their most valu- 
able college experience was association with faculty mem- 

Alumnae found no dissonance between freedom of 
thought and "conveying of given ideals". As one group 
said, "No teacher can teach well or intelligently without 
having his own convictions well formulated and without 
their being a basic part of his method and view-point of 
his subject. Indoctrination in an individual subject is not 
to be avoided. A variety of view-points and ideals will be 
presented by a variety of professors in a variety of courses. 
Therein your freedom to choose your own philosophy is 
insured. A college education is teaching you how to think 
and, in order to do so, if must have a specific point of 
approach. A vague mass of information from which no 
conclusions arc drawn does little to teach us how to draw 


Lack of "guidance" and of a strong advisory system 
appeared to be Sweet Briar's chief weakness in the opinion 
of most clubs. Granted that high school is the proper 
place for vocational guidance, many girls enter college 
with little or no idea of what they want to do or what 
they can do best. They should be promptly assigned to 
a member of the faculty who can help them think through 
their reasons for coming to college — what they hope to get 
out of the experience and what they are willing to put 
into it. So far as possible, freshmen should be assigned 
to their advisors on the basis of what their personnel records 
reveal about their interests and aptitudes. Students should 
be encouraged to see their advisors whenever they wish 
rather than having only a few formal interviews which 
they sometimes feel are in the nature of "check-ups". It 
should be possible to change advisors "for cause". During 
their sophomore year students should have a series of apti- 
tude tests to help them in choosing their "field of concen- 
tration". A consultant on religion was suggested. "A 
person always on campus with whom students could discuss 
problems made by the contrast between their Sunday School 
instruction and their intellectual awakening at college." 
It was realized by alumnae that faculty members, at 
present, are often too busy to give the young student the 
help and supervision she needs and that, also, advisors them- 
selves may need training on how to give advice and have 
it followed. To be effective, an advisory system must be 
seen by the student as of vital service to her. A full-time 
supervisor of vocational and academic guidance and per- 
sonnel is desirable but, until that is financially possible at 
Sweet Briar, might we share a personnel director with 
another college and or make use of the State Board of Edu- 
cation's vocational counseling service? Insight into voca- 
tional possibilities of each major might be achieved through 
a series of convocations given by members of the various de- 
partments (as suggested above for a long orientation class). 
Possibly the Alumnae Office might undertake an active 
placement service for graduates and be assisted by Sweet 
Briar clubs wherever they exist. Better personnel records 
should be kept by the college so that fuller and more 
accurate reports can be given inquiring employers. But, 
as one club refreshingly observed, "We placed great faith 

October, 1947 


a series of articles on the curriculum and educa- 
tional methods at Sweet Briar today. 

/;; the magical powers of aptitude tests and in the person 
of a full-time employee who would automatically make 
the perfect schedule for every student]" 


The beauty of Sweet Briar's setting, the charm of the 
intimate four years, the small classes and the pastoral qual- 
ity of life were unanimously praised. "The community 
was small enough that each person felt herself an integral 
part and knew fairly well a large proportion of its divell- 
ers." This sense of being "an integral part" gave one 
alumna, at least, her "greatest benefit" — "A feeling of not 
only being able to take responsibility but that 1 should 
take responsibility. Even though there is too little contact 
between faculty and students, Sweet Briar's size makes 
possible much more than is found in larger colleges, while 
its isolation means it has a unique education to offer in 
that most campus activities originate from among students 
rather than being dependent on cities." There was fear, on 
the other hand, that students become so content with their 
idyllic existence that they neither know nor care what 
happens in the outside world. 

Finally, alumnae agreed that Sweet Briar women "seem 
especially well-balanced and mature, possessing many and 
varied activities and interests." 


Girls come to Sweet Briar for no very definite reasons, 
it seems. One club even suggested that people seeking a 
liberal arts education haven't anything really definite in 
mind! Discipline at Sweet Briar, either individual or group, 
came in for very little discussion. 

Homogeneity was admitted by all and defended by most 
because the college is small and a homogeneous group can 
more readily decide upon its objectives and work toward 
their accomplishment. To import a different type girl 
deliberately, would seem rather artificial and would prob- 
ably result in unhappiness and a sense of not belonging, 
though more foreign students were wanted because they 
bring about understanding of other cultures and of other 
national problems. If Sweet Briar girls "take their college 
education for granted", the example of foreign students, 
who have made a tremendous struggle for theirs, will pro- 
vide the impetus needed — as well as the intellectual compe- 
tition. Some alumnae thought there wasn't much 
homogeneity after all. In a large college the student body 
tends to break up into small groups which may, actually, 
be more alike than at Sweet Briar where girls "know every- 
body in the community" . Moreover "there is enough con- 
trast in students' minds to provoke stimulating discussion" . 
Within the student body, it was agreed, there was democ- 

racy. Regardless of financial background, a girl "who could 
discern the finer things of life was a real member of the 
group." Alumnae thought a constant effort should be 
made to give students a breadth of sympathy and under- 
standing both through the teaching of the humanities and 
through the use of visiting lecturers. 

High intellectual ability, fine character and outstanding 
personality are the qualities wanted of entering students 
but some clubs feared too much stress is being laid on the 
first attribute. They would rather have emphasis put on 
choosing the girl who is "well-rounded". They wonder, 
too, whether too many freshmen are coming from private 
preparatory schools and whether enough effort has been 
spent on interesting the outstanding graduates of public 
high schools. A change in entrance requirements and a few 
curricular changes (accepting and teaching some "prac- 
tical" work) might mean more interest on the part of 
high school students. The Boston Club thinks, "After 
students have met basic pre-requisites, they should be 
chosen from as widely varying backgrounds as possible — 
varying in economic and social position, public and private 
schooling, and, particularly, geographic locale." One club 
thought important a personal interview with the applicant 
for admission and would be willing to help in this way. 

The college must have high academic standing to attract 
"outstandingly able students" but students must,, in many 
cases, have more than tuition by way of a scholarship, so 
several clubs recommended increasing grants where approp- 
riate. More and better general publicity would bring Sweet 
Briar to the attention of girls who otherwise might not 
think of it. If money is still available from scholarship 
funds it should be used to (a) provide foreign study for 
Sweet Briar juniors, (b) bring foreign students and pro- 
fessors to Sweet Briar, and (c) finance new educational 
plans such as field work with supervision and personal 


Alumnae groups should be eager to welcome new mem- 
bers and might appoint a committee on" community orien- 
tation" to help them, but the friendly services that can 
be rendered a newcomer would probably be largely on an 
individual basis. This subject needs more study and, pos- 
sibly the creation of an alumnae committee similar to the 
present Committee on Educational Policy. There was gen- 
eral agreement that on the whole alumnae have not taken 
the interest they should in their local schools. Being par- 
ents, their responsibility is the greater. Clubs in the South 
felt a particular responsibility for the improvement of 
Negro schools. There was some feeling that alumnae should 
not work as a unit for education but should join larger 
groups such as the A.A.U.W. If eligible, alumnae should 
join the P.T.A. and find out what is really happening in 
the schools their children attend. All of us should work 
to get the best possible people on school boards. Other 
things needing to be done are to examine educational 
methods in both primary and secondary schools; are they 
interesting? Do they have libraries, recreation, special 
activities? Are schools open for programs after hours, on 


Alumnae News 

Saturdays, during vacations? Is the need of the individual 
student being met by "educational diagnosis and prest rip- 
tion for each student"? Are text books modern and stim- 
ulating? Do they promote loyalty and democracy? (text 
book reading committees of laymen are used by many 
communities) What are schools doing to promote inter- 
group and intercultural education? Alumnae should inves- 
tigate current school problems, such as teachers' salaries. 
They should back bond issues for better schools and discuss 
state appropriations with their representatives, keeping 
informed about educational legislation and the record and 
attitude of public officials. This last might be done by 
appointing one member of the club to keep it informed on 
local, state, and federal legislation that would effect edu- 
cation and schools. 


Alumnae realize that college students are, necessarily, 
immature and that a four year course, however cleverly 
devised, cannot turn out a finished product at 22 years of 
age. The value of a liberal arts education becomes more 
and more apparent as we live with it. From the perspective 
ot forty years we can send one club's encouragement to 
students who feel they are "not being taught how to live." 
"No student in college has been at it long enough to be in 
any position to know how to lite, nor is any college course 
or experience going to tell her how. She will keep on Lam- 
ing small parts of the answer to put together, by trial and 
error, all the years of her life. What we would want her to 
realize is that her four years at college arc her best and 
possibly last chance to be theoretical. It is unlikely 
that ever again will she have the leisure and the stimulation 
to study intensively and to theorize at length. Getting 
hold of as many ideas as possible is her job. This short 
session of not having to concern oneself with "haw to live" 
is a constant encouragement later when the practical busi- 
ness of living must occupy almost all one's time. 

For individual alumna comment see 
"Letters to the Editor" page 32. 


The Board of Overseers on June 3 1947, 


creased the over-all fee from $1,2 5 to $1 

,3 5 

beginning with the academic year 1947-48. 


studio, science laboratory, and graduation 


have been eliminated. 

Dean Lyman Answers Some 
Alumnae Questions 

Dear Alumnae: 

Terry Shaw has let me read Sue Slaughter's excellent 
report "Speaking for Ourselves" and it has given me real 
encouragement as I am beginning a new year of work, with 
a new Freshman class just on the point of coming to 
Sweet Briar for the big adventure of a college course. I 
want personally to thank you for entering into our prob- 
lems and for thinking with us on the big questions of 
policy that face all educators today. As we work at these 
questions here at Sweet Briar we are grateful that you have 
read and thought and discussed, and that we can have the 
benefit of your judgment and experience. 

In connection with your discussions a question his been 
handed to me about the meaning of the term: "core- 
courses." Let me explain my use of the term in my article. 

The term "core-courses" has been applied to courses 
offered to all students with the purpose of conveying a 
common heritage of thought. They are designed to survey 
the different fields of knowledge and to convey to students 
the heritage of thought and experience which are the back- 
ground for modern democracy. Our nearest approach to 
such courses are Social Studies 1-2 and Classical Civilization 
191-192. They differ from most of the introductory 
courses in our present group plan at Sweet Briar in two 
vital respects: 1 ) They are designed to introduce the 
students not to a specific subject, but to a larger field of 
integrated study such as the field of physical science, of 
social science, or of the humanities; 2) In their concern 
for heritage and for unity, they are designed to be exper- 
ienced by all the students in a given college; our group- 
plan provides for a choice of subjects and no student will 
necessarily duplicate exactly the introductory courses 
taken by another. 

The discussion of "Heritage and Change" in the Har- 
vard Report "General Education in a Free Society" Chap- 
ter II is helpful reading to clarify this point. 

I cannot refrain from making one further suggestion 
of reading. In the Summer number (1947) of the Journal 
of the American Association of University Women there 
is grist for your mill in the fine article by Professor Susan 
B. Riley of George Peabody College for Teachers, called 
Education the Tool of Society. It was an address given by 
Professor Riley at the Dallas convention of the A.A.U.W. 
in April. 

My hearty good wishes for your future discussions. Let 
us have the result. We appreciate them. 
Faithfully yours, 

Mary Ely Lyman. 

Dean Lyman answers below some specific questions 
asked by alumnae regarding foreign study, scholarships 
and self help at Sweet Briar. They may well tie in with 
your fall discussion program on Admissions. 
' l Hon are foreign students selected? 

Usually the credentials of these students come to us 
through the Institute of International Education in New 

October, 1347 


York City. The papers are examined by our Faculty Com- 
mittee on Scholarships and the Committee on Admission, 
and the selection is made in consultation between the two 

2) Do foreign students pay part of their expenses, or 
how are they financed} 
Some of the foreign students have had all their expenses 
paid for them, tuition being given by the College as a 
scholarship, and other expenses by the student body. Often 
the student has carried a self-help job to make a contri- 
bution herself. This last year there was considerable dis- 
cussion of how opportunities for self-help could be in- 
creased for foreign students. Dining room service is the 
best paying of our self-help jobs and if health and facility 
with English are adequate for it, we shall encourage it 
hereafter for our foreign students. 

3 ) Whe n juniors are sent to St. Andrews or other schools 
abroad, does the college bear the whole expense 
(except travel) or what part of it? If there are 
different financial arrangements for different for- 
eign study please explain. Are these students 
chosen purely on their ability (mental) or is the 
opportunity for foreign study dependent on finan- 
cial ability? 

The college does not give financial aid for students 
studying abroad. 

Students are accepted for the Junior year abroad on 
the basis of both their academic qualifications and their 
responsibility in citizenship. 

The financial question is not as weighty as one might 
think because the fees are lower in the foreign universities 
than in America, and hence even with the expense of 

passage across the ocean the total cost of the Junior year 
abroad is not seriously heavier than that of a year at an 
American college of Sweet Briar type. 

4) How many scholarships are granted at Sweet Briar 
and in what amounts? 

In the year 1946-1947, 34 scholarships were granted at 
Sweet Briar. The number does not remain constant because 
the number of applications varies from year to year. The 
Sweet Briar Catalogue for 1947-1948 lists our scholarships 
on pages 137-140. On page 138 the paragraph on "General 
College Scholarships" announces a number of scholarships 
which are awarded on a basis of merit and need. The 
number of these scholarships from general funds varies 
from year to year according to the number and size of the 
applications made. 

) ) Do holders of scholarships do any work in Book Shop, 
Alumnae Office, etc., in partial payment for 
scholarship? Or are they paid? 

Holders of scholarships are expected to render service 
tc the college to the extent of six hours per week in return 
for their scholarship aid. (See the current catalogue, 
page 137). 

The services most commonly given by these students 
are in the Administrative offices: Dean's Office, Public 
Relations, Alumnae, etc. 

6) What self-help opportunities are offered and are they 
offered only to holders of scholarships? 

Opportunities for students to earn money, which are 
quite independent of scholarships, exist in the library, the 
Book Shop and in the dining rooms. Some students also 
earn money by carrying agencies for Lynchburg firms, such 
as cleaners, florists, shoe-repairers, etc. 

Council Elects New Member 

Marjorie Burford Crenshaw, '33 (Mrs. Ollinger Cren- 
shaw) was elected a member of the Alumnae Council at 
its June meeting, to fill one of the unexpired terms created 
by the resignations of Margaret Thomas Kreusi, ex-'12, 
and Anne Mcjunkin Briber, '43. She lives in Lexington, 
Virginia, with her husband and young son, Albert. Mr. 
Crenshaw is on the faculty of Washington and Lee Uni- 
versity. A philosophy major and President of Student 
Government here, Marjorie continued her studies in the 
field of Political Science at Columbia University for two 
years. Her especial community interest in Lexington is the 
Children's Clinic, of which she is Secretary. 

Various departments of the college frequently 
receive notices regarding interesting positions 
available and open to college trained women. 
Often the Alumnae Office is asked to suggest 
possible candidates. If you would like to hear 
of openings as they occur, send your name and 
a listing of professional and volunteer experience 
to the Alumnae Office. 


Alumnae News 


Regional Plan for Clubs 

By Edith Durrell Marshall, '21, Director of Clubs 

IN JANUARY, 1947, the Alumnae Council, aware that 
a more modern method of contact was needed between 
the Council, the Alumnae Office, and the growing number 
of clubs, organized and put into operation during the 
spring the Regional Plan for Clubs. 

As Sweet Briar alumnae live in every state of the Union, 
the country was divided into nine regions, each with a 
chairman who is to promote the work of the Alumnae 
Association among the clubs assigned to her, and to act 
as a liaison between the clubs, the Executive Secretary, the 
Director of Clubs, and the Alumnae Council. These 
Regional Chairmen are elected members of the Alumnae 
Council and were appointed to their positions this year 
by the Association President. It is hoped that in the near 
future plans will be perfected for each to be elected by 
the membership in her own region. 

Together with the Director of Clubs the Regional 
Chairmen comprise the Regional Committee. They are to 
carry on all correspondence with the Clubs except in cases 
of emergency, thus relieving the pressure on the Alumnae 
Office which heretofore has borne the brunt of all inquiries 
and club problems. When a Regional Chairman is a resi- 
dent in her region, it is possible that she will visit the 
clubs in her area, thus bringing to them news of the cam- 
pus and of the Alumnae Council. 

As the clubs grow in number, regional meetings may 
be held for exchange of ideas, news of Sweet Briar, and 
discussions pertinent to the educational field. 

The clubs are now divided into the regions listed below 
with the Regional Chairman. No. 1 — Mrs. Adrian Massie 
(Gertrude Dally, '22), Purchase Street, Rye, New York — ■ 
Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester, Northern New 
Jersey, and Boston, active clubs, and Albany-Schenectady, 
Rochester, Buffalo, and New Haven, organizing groups; 
No. 2 — Mrs. John B. Orgain, Jr. (Norvell Royer, '30) 

2013 Park Avenue, Richmond 20, Virginia — Amherst, 
Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, 
Alexandria-Arlington, and Washington, D. O, active 
clubs; No. 3 — Miss Lucy Lloyd, '41, Valley Brook Farm, 
Downingtown, Pennsylvania — Baltimore, Wilmington, 
Philadelphia, Princeton, and Pittsburgh, active clubs, and 
Annapolis, organizing group; No. 4 — Chairman to be 
appointed — Charlotte and Winston-Salem, active clubs, and 
A.sheville, Durham-Chapel Hill, Greensboro, and Columbia, 
Georgia, organizing groups; No. 5 — Mrs. Henry L. Young, 
Jr. (Lida Voigt, '3 5) 2924 Nancy Creek Road, NW, 
Atlanta, Georgia — Jacksonville and Atlanta, active clubs, 
and Birmingham, Montgomery, Tampa, New Orleans, 
Augusta, Columbus, and Savannah, organizing groups; 
No. 6 — Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown (Sally Shallenberger, '32) 
Ashbourne, Harrods Creek, Kentucky — Louisville, Lex- 
ington, and Cincinnati, active clubs, and Columbus, Ohio, 
Indianapolis, Charleston, West Virginia, and Huntington, 
organizing groups; No. 7 — Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 
(Mary Huntington, '30) Box 54 M, Drake Road, Cincin- 
nati 27, Ohio — Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Toledo, and 
Cleveland, active clubs, and Detroit, Birmingham, Michi- 
gan, and Milwaukee, organizing groups; No. 8 — Mrs. 
Stephen C. Voorhees (Adeline Jones, '46) Windy Hill 
Farm, Bedminster, New Jersey — Memphis and St. Louis, 
and Chattanooga, active clubs, Knoxville, Nashville, and 
Kansas City, organizing groups; No. 9 — Mrs. Frederick H. 
Skinner (Louise Hammond, '19) North Shore Road, 
Algonquin Park, Norfolk, Virginia — San Francisco, Los 
Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Davenport, Dallas, Austin, Hous- 
ton, and Little Rock, organizing groups. 

Many other colleges use a regional system for Clubs and 
it is the hope of our Regional Committee that Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Clubs will wholeheartedlv cooperate in making 
the same plan a great success in our own Association. 

October, 1947 


Glimpses of Europe — Summer, 1947 

By B. Maddin Lupton, '48 

Maddin Lupton, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, spent this summer 
in Europe as delegate to two youth conferences. She recorded her 
preliminary observations for us and promises to make valuable con- 
tributions to campus discussions this year. Maddin is Editor-.n-Chief 
of the Sweet Briar News and has served as: sophomore house president, 
member of Q.V. and French Club, vice-president of International 
Relations Club, treasurer of the Y.W.C.A., and co-head of the 1946 
Christmas Bazaar. 

CLUTCHING my passport, three boxes of assorted 
chocolates, a wilted orchid, and my travelers cheques, 
i gingerly walked up the gang plank of the SS Marine 
Tiger docked in New York. On this momentous day in 
my life, June 24, 1947, I was to sail for Europe where I 
was to attend two student conferences and see as many 
sights as possible in two months. 

Fortunately, Sweet Briar had another of its daughters 
on board, Margaret Munnerlyn, who was going to England 
to attend a summer seminar at Oxford University, so I 
had someone to keep me company at the rail. Munn and 
I shared a cabin with a young star of the Ballet Russe, 
her, mother, and a would-be Communist. 

The first conference I was to attend was in Aarhus, 
Denmark, held by the International Student Service. I was 
one of ten delegates representing the World Student 
Service Fund. We had daily shipboard meetings to discuss 
policies and plans. In these meetings I learned that Sweet 
Briar with its 45 students raised almost two thousand 
dollars for the WSSF, while the University of Texas with 
its 17,000 students raised just the same amount. I dis- 
covered that the delegate from Rockford College in Illinois 
and I were representing the smallest American colleges 
or universities at the conference, and that the delegate 
from Fiske in Tennessee and I were from the only two 
southern colleges at the conference. 

We all recovered from our seasickness and became so 
attached to our "floating university," the Marine Tiger, 
that we were reluctant to leave her. About half of the 75 
students on board landed in Plymouth, while the rest went 
on to Le Havre, where we landed on the fourth of July. 

The thirty members of the ISS group had to spend an 
unexpected three days in Paris while we waited for our 
military permits to go through the British zone of Ger- 
many. In these three days we walked a million miles, took 
as many pictures, and ate as many pastries as we could 
afford. We stayed in dark little hotels in the Latin Quarter 
near the Boulevard de Saint Michel where we had no hot 
water and limited electricity which suddenly turned off 
on us halfway up the musty stairways. One very interesting 
afternoon of our Paris visit we went to UNESCO House 
for tea and tours. The rest of the time we strolled along 
the Champs Elysees, browsed among the book stalls on 
the Seine, and marvelled at the fact that we were actually 
in Paris. 

The next l:.p of our journey to Denmark was perhaps 
the most interesting, for we spent some thirty hours on a 
train with no diner, pullman, or even drinking fountains. 
This trip went through the part of Germany which was 
most destroyed, for we went through Cologne, Essen, 
Dusseldorf, and Hamburg before we crossed the Danish 
border. The bleakness and desolation of the countryside 
had a sobering effect on our American group and caused 
most of us to do some serious thinking on wars and their 

The conference in Aarhus was attended by about 150 
delegates from all parts of the world — from China and 
Burma to Nigeria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. We dis- 
cussed problems of student relief and student cooperation 
all over the world. This is the same kind of conference that 
Eleanor Bcsworth attended last summer in Cambridge, 

After the Aarhus conference was over I spent a few 
delightful days seeing the sights of Copenhagen, from the 
Round Tower in which Czar Peter the Great rode his 
horse, to the fish market where picturesque old women 
sell fresh eels by the dozen. 

I left Denmark by train, bound for Norway via Sweden. 
After a wonderful trip by train and ferry I arrived in 
Oslo, the lovely capital city of Norway. I was a delegate 
to the Second World Conference of Christian Youth, a 
gathering of 15 00 young Christians from 71 countries. 
The YWCA's, YMCA's and the World Council of 
Churches had sent delegates to this meeting. I believe 
this conference was a thrilling and inspiring experience for 
all who attended, for we were able to hear and meet such 
people as Pastor Martin Niemoller, Dr. Reinhold Neibuhr, 
Dr. Kirkley Mather, D. T. Niles of Ceylon, Bishop Berg- 
grav of Norway, and Madeleine Barot of France. 

The theme of the conference was Jesus Christ Is Lard. 
We discussed how to apply this idea to all forms of daily 
living. I was most impressed with the seriousness and 
sincerity of the foreign students as they talked and argued 
about the place of the young person in the church and in 
the world. 

While in Oslo I ran into Ann Eustis as she was catching 
the underground into town from her dormitory at the 
University of Oslo where a group of Americans are attend- 
ing summer school. 

Flying from Oslo to London over the Norwegian 
mountains, the North Sea, and the English countryside, 
was one of the best parts of my summer. I went from 
London to Oxford where I visited Margaret Munnerlyn 
for ten days. I stayed right in Lady Margaret Hall with 
the summer seminar students. After seeing Romeo and 
Juliet at Stratford, being run over by an English bicyclist 
in Canterbury, and hearing Winston Churchill at Blenheim, 
I sailed for home on the Mamie Jumper on August 11. 


Alumnae News 

Faculty and Staff— Fall, 1947 

NEW ADDITIONS to the faculty and staff are bring- 
ing fresh thinking to many departments at Sweet 
Briar this fall. Faculty members have come from wide- 
spread universities in Europe and Latin America, as well 
as from varied universities and colleges here in the states. 
Changes are listed departmentally, so pick the field of 
your particular interest and see what's going on! 


The Dean's Office — Dr. Lysbeth Muncy, also recently 
advanced to the rank of assistant professor of history, has 
been named assistant dean, a new position. Miss Muncy is 
a Vassar graduate, studied at the University of Berlin, 
and received her doctor's degree from Brown University in 
1943 just before coming to Sweet Briar. She has served on 
the faculty-student College Council, as advisor to the 
International Relations Club, and as a member of the 
honors and library committees. 

Miss Anne Hopkins, formerly assistant to the dean, is 
now Mrs. Quincy Ayres of Ames, Iowa. Her successor is 
Miss Dorothy Jester, graduate of Agnes Scott, who has 
held a similar position at Randolph-Macon Woman's 

Biology — Miss Evelyn DeWitt, graduate of Acadia Uni- 
versity in Nova Scotia, is the new assistant in botany. She 
succeeds Miss Lena Annis who has accepted a position with 
the state conservation department of Nova Scotia. 

Chemistry — Miss Anna C. Pitts, a graduate of Win- 
throp College, is replacing Miss Louise Monack who has 
resigned to accept a graduate fellowship at Bryn Mawr. 
Miss Pitts was at Mt. Holyoke for the past two years 
studying for her master's degree and serving as a graduate 
fellow. She formerly taught at Limestone College and at 
various high schools also in South Carolina. Miss Pitts holds 
the rank of assistant professor of chemistry. 

English — Miss Dee Long has begun a year of inde- 
pendent study at the Widener Library of Harvard Univer- 
sity. Substituting for her is Dr. Kenneth G. Weihe, asso- 
ciate professor of English. Dr. Weihe has served as chair- 
man of his department at Florida Southern College since 
1934. A graduate of the College of Wooster, he received 
master's and doctor's degrees from Yale University. He 
has edited the Chatauqua Daily, newspaper for the well- 
known New York state colony, for several summers. 

Dr. Sarah Thorpe Ramage, long a resident of Sweet 
Briar, has rejoined the English Department as instructor. 
A graduate of Sophie Newcomb, she holds an M.A. from 
Bryn Mawr and a Ph.D. from Yale. Miss Ramage taught 
at the University of Connecticut in addition to her pre- 
vious teaching here. Mrs. Helen Gaylord Knapp has 
accepted a teaching position at Randolph-Macon Woman's 

The Library — Miss H. Tyler Gemmell has been ap- 
pointed librarian to replace Miss Janet Agnew, now 

librarian of Bryn Mawr College. Miss Gemmell, a native 
Virginian and graduate of Randolph-Macon, received the 
bachelor's and master's degrees in library science from 
Columbia University. She has been on the library staff 
of Randolph-Macon and of Vassar and came to Sweet Briar 
from New Jersey College for Women where she was head 

Mathematics — Mr. Roscislaw M. Iwanowski is in- 
structor for 1947-48. He holds the degree of "Magister 
Philosophiae" from the University of Vilno. Since coming 
to the United States he has studied at the University of 
Pennsylvania and New York City College. 

Music — Miss Irene Marik of Budapest, Hungary, con- 
cert pianist, is teaching piano. A graduate of the Franz 
Liszt Academy, Miss Marik has taught at the Budapest 
College of Music. Since her arrival in this country 
nearly two years ago she has given several recitals and 
this summer was soloist with the National Symphony 
Orchestra in Washington. 

Physical Education — Miss Gwen Eberhardt, 1947 
graduate of Ohio State University, is the instructor in 
dancing. She taught at the Columbus School for Girls 
while attending college. 

Miss Margaret Reynolds, Woman's College of the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina, also is a newcomer to the 
department. She has had high school teaching experience, 
as has Miss Margaret Jones who fills the third vacancy. 
Miss Jones was graduated from the University of Okla- 
homa, served in the Navy for three years, and has been 
working at Smith College for her master's degree. 

Resignations in the department were: Miss Nan Rogers 
who is Y.W.C.A. physical education director in Charlotte, 
North Carolina; Mrs. Louise W. Johnson, now in charge 
of women's physical education at the Norfolk Division 
of William and Mary College; and Mrs. Carol Dunger 
Hunt who was married last December to Mr. Cecil Hunt, 
assistant postmaster at Sweet Briar. 

Physics — Dr. Preston Edwards, faculty member from 
1927 to 1943 when he retired as head of the physics 
department, is acting as visiting professor. Miss Dorothy 
Estes, instructor in 1946-47, resigned to accept a position 
with the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington, D. C. 
Religion — Miss Susanna Wilder, graduate of Smith 
and the Yale Divinity School, is substituting for Dr. Marion 
Benedict Rollins who is on sabbatical leave. Miss Wilder 
came from teaching at Ward Belmont. Mrs. Rollins is 
writing a book with the collaboration of her husband. 
Dr. Wallace E. Rollins, and will remain at her home on 
the campus. 

Romance Languages — Dr. Robert J. Carner, associate 
professor of Spanish, is filling the vacancy created by the 
resignation of Mr. Salvatore Mangiafico. Mr. Mangiafico 
is head of the romance language department at Georgia 
State College for Women. Mr. Carner earned his B.A. and 
an M.A. in English at the University of Virginia and an 

October, 1947 


M.A. and Ph.D. in romance philology from Harvard Uni- 
versity. He has taught at Harvard, Smith, Amherst, Wel- 
lesley, and Wheaton, and for the past two years at the 
University of Illinois. 

Miss Eva Guillen of Mexico City is also teaching Spanish. 
She is a graduate of Guatemala University and holds an 
M.A. from the University of Mexico. She replaces Miss 
Elena Flores who has returned to Mexico to work towards 
a doctor's degree. 

Social Studies — Mr. W. Grafton Nealley has been 
named associate professor of government. A graduate of 
the University of Maine, Mr. Nealley has his master's 
degree from Stanford University and worked there for his 
doctorate before the war. He has taught at Stanford, 
Middlebury College, Central Washington College of Edu- 
cation, and Syracuse University. He served as a general 
field representative with the American Red Cross and for 
the past six months has been a research assistant for the 
Department of State. No appointment has been made to 
the Carter Glass Chair of Government, vacated by Dr. 
Egbert S. Wengert. Dr. Wengert is now at the Uni- 
versity of Wyoming where he heads the department of 
political science. 

Mr. Harry Ammon, assistant professor of history, is 
teaching in the place of Miss Jessie M. Fraser who is on 
sabbatical leave. Miss Fraser is continuing research and 
writing on a historical biography. Mr. Ammon, graduate 
of Georgetown, has been studying for the doctorate at the 
University of Virginia. He taught at Miami University and 
Wittenburg College and was acting assistant professor at 

Dr. Gerhard Masur, scholar of Latin-American history 
who holds his degrees from the University of Berlin, was 
reappointed visiting professor of history. He came to 
Sweet Briar in February to substitute for Dr. Dora Neill 
Raymond. Mrs. Raymond used her sabbatical leave to 
work on a book in Bermuda. 

Dr. Gladys Boone also has returned from leave. Miss 
Boone was in England from March to September studying 
labor's policy towards international trade and she spent 
some of ths time making further studies in Geneva. 

Mr. Milan E. Hapala is the new instructor in govern- 
ment. Mr. Hapala, a native of Czechoslovakia, came to 
the United States in 193 8 as an exchange student to Beloit 
College. A Phi Beta Kappa student there, he received his 
M.A. from the University of Nebraska and studied at 
Duke for his Ph.D. until joining the Army in 1942. From 
his war service he returned to Duke as a graduate assistant 
in political science. Mr. Roscoe R. Oglesby, lecturer in 
economics and government, resigned in the spring. 


In addition to the many new faculty appointments there 
have been several replacements on the administrative staff. 

Mrs. Samuel Cutler is manager of the Boxwood Inn. For 
the past 1 5 years she has operated small inns in New 
England and Florida and this summer managed The Out- 
look in Southport, Maine. Mrs. Cutler succeeds Mrs. 
Elizabeth Jones who resigned to accept a position at Mount 
Vernon Seminary, Washington, D. C. 

Miss Helen H. McMahon, Sweet Briar '2 3, who served 
for nine years as the executive secretary of the Alumnae 
Association, is manager of the Bookshop. Miss Ruby 
Walker has retired and will remain at Sweet Briar with 
Miss Winnie, Dr. Will and Mr. Ted. 

Mr. Lloyd Randolph Hoilman of Pearisburg, Virginia, 
assumed the post of director of buildings and grounds in 
August. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in architectural 
engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and most 
of his professional experience has been in Virginia. He 
served as a construction and maintenance engineer at Camp 
Pickett for two years and in the Army Engineer Corps 
over three years. He was discharged from the Army with 
the rank of captain. Mr. Hoilman replaces Mr. Albert M. 
Knapp who was at Sweet Briar for five years. 

Mr. Joseph A. Gilchrist, Jr., is the new college farm 
manager. A graduate of Yale in forestry, Mr. Gilchrist 
managed his own farm near Cleveland, Ohio, and served 
for four years in the Army, reaching the rank of major. 
He is a brother of Elsetta Gilchrist Barnes, '27, alumna 
member of the Board of Overseers. Mr. J. Edwin Dinwiddie 
was forced by ill health to retire after twelve years as 
farm manager. He is now making his home in Lynchburg. 

Salaries and Students Fees Raised 

Salary increases which became effective July 1, 1947, 
were voted by the Board of Overseers at their Spring 
meeting for both the faculty and administrative staff of 
the college. These adjustments, ranging from 25% for 
instructors to 10% for most of the staff, necessitated rais- 
ing student fees. 

In a letter to parents of students giving the reason for 
the increase, President Lucas explained that the "inevitable 
outcome" of the existing shortage of competent teachers 
"has been to raise teachers' salaries to a point more nearly 
commensurate with their service to society. The state- 
supported institutions have already moved noticeably ahead 
of the private colleges in salary adjustments and have 

consequently been able to increase their own teaching staffs 
by drawing from the faculties of private colleges." She 
further stated that "Sweet Briar will be able to maintain 
its high educational standards only by adjusting salaries 
to a point which will enable us to attract and hold teachers 
of the first rank." 

It was emphasized that the college will continue its 
policy of aiding any deserving student for whom this rise 
constitutes serious hardship "because we feel strongly that 
evidence of intellectual ability and promise, in addition 
to fine character, must continue to be the basis for stu- 
dent selection at Sweet Briar." 

Among the other women's colleges to raise salaries and 
fees recently are Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Vassar, and 


Alumnae News 

New Students at Sweet Briar 

One hundred and fifty-seven new students arrived at 
Sweet Briar on Monday, September 15, to begin the 
five-day orientation program, which ended with regis- 
tration for classes. The formal opening of the college's 
forty-second academic session took place on Friday eve- 
ning, September 19, and classes began the following morn- 

Of the entering students, 150 are freshmen and seven 
have had at least one year of college before coming to 
Sweet Briar, according to statistics from the office of the 
Director of Admission, Mrs. Bernice D. Lill. They come 
from 29 states, the District of Columbia, and 4 foreign 
countries. The largest number, 21, come from New York 
state. In addition to 12 from Virginia, 9 come from 
Pennsylvania and the same number from North Carolina; 
8 each from Illinois and Ohio; Kentucky and Missouri, 7; 
Alabama, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, 
and Texas, 6 each; Connecticut, Georgia, and Tennessee, 5. 

Among the students from foreign countries is Irma 
Liisa Tammia, of Turku, Finland, the first student from 
Finland to come to Sweet Briar. She has attended the 
University at Helsinki for the last two years. A student 
of political and social science and sociology, Miss Tammia 
comes to this country through the Institute of International 
Education. Following the completion of her studies, she 
expects to work in her country's foreign service. 

Francoise Happe, whose home is in Brussels, Belgium, 
has entered Sweet Briar as a freshman. She attended sec- 
ondary school in Brussels and since her arrival in this 
country early this year she has been enrolled at the Knox 
School, Cooperstown, N. Y. 

Monna Elisa Simpson, of Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico, is a 
graduate of the Eagle Pass, Texas, high school, although 
her home is in Mexico. Beverley Taylor, daughter of Dr. 
and Mrs. Harry Taylor of Anking, China, has been attend- 
ing school in this country for a number of years, although 

she spent the early years of her life in China. She enters 
Sweet Briar after a year at Berea College, Kentucky. 

Fourteen daughters of alumnae are listed among those 
who are entering Sweet Briar this fall, and eight are sisters 
of present or former students. A number of others claim 
cousins or aunts who have also attended Sweet Briar, mak- 
ing a total of 37 in the group who are related to alumnae. 

Included in the group of alumnae daughters are: Mary 
Hodson Bardin, Jacksonville, Fla., daughter of Marguerite 
Drew; Nancy Ellen Brumback, Van Wert, Ohio, daughter 
of Gladys Gilliland; Jane Judith Clippinger, Cincinnati, 
tlaughter of Jane Becker; Margery Davidson, Hinsdale, 
111., daughter of Helen Fossum and niece of Muriel Fossum 
Pcsek; Georgia Dreisbach, Ft. Wayne, Ind., daughter of 
Julia Reynolds; Terry Faulkner, Richmond, Va., daughter 
of Isabel Virden, and sister of Closey Faulkner, '48; Anne- 
Louise Fletcher, Leesburg, Fla., daughter of Clare Erck; 
Nancy Houriet, Cleveland, daughter of Sarah Merrick and 
niece of Grace Merrick Twohy; Anne Mountcastle, Eliza- 
beth, N. J., daughter of Florence Bodine; Nancy Pesek, 
Minneapolis, daughter of Muriel Fossum and niece of Helen 
Fossum Davidson; Katherine Phinizy, Augusta, Ga., daugh- 
ter of Katherine Hagler; Beverley Taylor, Anking, China, 
daughter of Alma Booth and sister of Helen Taylor, '40, 
and Mary Booth Taylor, '46; Susan Taylor, Morganton, 
N. O, daughter of Julia Barber; and Joan Widau. North- 
field, 111., daughter of Elizabeth Murray. 

Joan Cansler, Charlotte, is the sister of Patricia Cansler, 
who is a member of this year's senior class; Margaret 
Murchison, Jacksonville, is the sister of Helen Murchison, 
'46; Shirley Pekor's sister, Virginia, Columbus, Ga., was 
in the class of '48; Janet Johnston, St. Louis, is the younger 
sister of Margaret M. Johnston, ex '39; Mary Harris Pierce, 
Avon, N. J., is the sister of Elizabeth Pierce, ex '44; and 
Jean Randolph, Charlottesville, is the sister of Beverley 
Randolph, '46. M. v. B. 





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Sweet Briar Scenes 

New Wedgwood Design 

Further Information Soon 

October, 1947 


cAnnouncements of 

facility Promotions 

PROMOTIONS in rank for five faculty members have 
been approved by the Board of Overseers upon the 
recommendation of President Lucas. 

Miss Miriam H. Weaver has been raised to associate 
professor of music, from assistant professor. Miss Weaver 
teaches piano as well as several courses in music history 
and appreciation, including a seminar on modern music 
which is taken by advanced students in the department. 
Miss Weaver served as head of the music department from 
1925 to 1931, and she has been chairman again since 
September, 1946. In addition, she has been chairman of 
the Committee on Lectures and Concerts for many years. 

Also advanced to associate professorial rank is Dr. Irene 
Huber. She has been teaching German at Sweet Briar since 
1932, following the completion of her work for her 
master's degree at Bryn Mawr College. A graduate of 
Barnard College, she received her Ph.D. degree from Stan- 
ford University in 1944. For the past three years, Miss 
Huber has been chairman of the Committee on Honors. 

Dr. Lysbeth W. Muncy has been made assistant professor 
of history. She was also appointed assistant dean and began 
these new duties in August. 

In the department of art, Jovan De Rocco has been 
made assistant professor instead of instructor. Mr. De 
Rocco came to Sweet Briar in 1940 and he has been teach- 
ing classes in art, history, drawing, painting, and compo- 
sition. Before coming to this country, Mr. De Rocco was 
a student in the school of architecture at the University 
of Belgrade. In New York he studied at the Art Students 
League and also with Harold Van Buren Magonigle. Mr. 
De Rocco has been very much interested in various civic 
planning and development projects in Amherst County 
and he has drawn plans for several buildings to be erected 
in the courthouse area, including the proposed recreation 

G. Noble Gilpin, who joined the Sweet Briar faculty 
last fall as instructor in music, has been appointed assistant 
professor. Mr. Gilpin directs the choir of the Glee Club 
and teaches voice and organ. A graduate of Syracuse 
University, Mr. Gilpin also holds the degree of master of 
music from Syracuse. He served for four years in the 
Army. M. v. B. 


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plus ten cents postage on each order 

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Sabbatical Leaves 

Granted to Five 

SABBATICAL leaves have been granted to five members 
of the faculty during 1947-48, three for the entire 
year and two for the second semester only, in continuance 
of the prewar policy resumed last year by the college. 
Three professors who were absent on sabbatical leaves last 
year returned to their posts in September. 

Providing opportunities for special research projects or 
for continued study, sabbatical leaves are held by the col- 
lege administration to be of great importance in relation 
to the quality of teaching which it wishes to maintain. 
For that reason every effort has been made, both last year 
and this, to secure supply teachers in order to grant sab- 
batical leaves to members who are eligible for them. 

Miss M. Dee Long, professor of English, left for Cam- 
bridge, Mass., early in September to begin her year of 
independent study at the Widener Library at Harvard. 
Beyond that, her plans for the year are still indefinite. 

Plans for work during her year's leave on a source book 
for the history of Christianity have been made by Dr. 
Marion B. Rollins, professor of religion. In collaboration 
with her husband, Dr. Wallace E. Rollins, Professor Rol- 
lins began work on her project this summer. They are 
spending part of their time at Sweet Briar and part of the 
time engaged in research in various libraries. 

In the Division of Social Studies, Miss Jessie M. Fraser, 
associate professor of history, will be absent on sabbatical 
leave throughout the year. According to Miss Fraser, her 
plans are still indefinite but they do involve research and 
writing in her special field, American History. Miss Fraser 
has been collecting the letters and papers of Arthur Lee 
for many years and, among other things, she will continue 
this study. 

During the second semester of next year, Dr. Laura 
Buckham, associate professor of Romance languages, will 
go to France to carry on research in poetry of the Resis- 
tance movement, and Dr. Gertrude Malz, associate pro- 
fessor of Greek and Latin, will continue her researches on 
papyri begun several years ago. 

Sweet Briar welcomed back in September Dr. Dora Neill 
Raymond, professor of history, Dr. Gladys Boone, professor 
of economics, and Dr. Carol M. Rice, college physician 
and professor of hygiene, all three of whom have been 
absent on sabbatical leaves this past year. Professor Ray- 
mond went to Bermuda in February, to write on a book 
for which she has done research over a period of several 
\ears. Professor Boone, who went to England in March, 
worked there and on the continent on labor's policy in 
connection with international trade. She spent some time 
in Geneva, Switzerland, this summer, attending the second 
conference of the International Trade Organizations, as 
set up under the United Nations. 

M. v. B. 


Alumnae Nev i 

Class Notes 

Jin fHrmurtam 


Rhea Williamson 

(Mrs. Frank G. 





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Frances Brown 

(Mrs. Frank N. 






Diantha Clements, 


39, June 3, 1947. 


thy Alderman 

Kirksey, ex-'49, Au 

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Ciass Secretary: Marion L. Peele, 602 Fair- 
fax Avenue, Apartment 1 -C, Norfolk 7, 

Fund Agent: Margaret Potts (Mrs. Henry 
H. Williams), 120 East 7Sth Street, New 
York 21, New York. 

Many of you in the Academy-Special group 
who shared so generously in the raising of 
the Benedict Scholarship Fund will be in- 
terested to know that a scrapbook was pre- 
pared (by Martha von Briesen '31) of all 
the highlights of that very stirring project 
and presented to Miss Benedict late in June 
1947. A good many of you are represented 
in the book by your warm notes of apprecia- 
tion that came with your gifts and other 
responses, together with those from members 

of the college and many other friends. You 
will feel, too, a special share in Miss Bene- 
dict's happiness to receive these expressions 
from so many who belonged to those earlier 
years. In part, she wrote: "This book is a 
picture of what you all did — it shows your 
thoughts and feelings at work, and the 
response came for the continuation of the 
Sweet Briar that was ours. It came across 
space from so many distant places, as well 
as across time ... I am delighted to have the 
picture, a speaking picture, telling a beau- 
tiful story, and how delighted I am I can 
never fully tell you." She said, too, "Isn't 
it a thrill to read the June Alumnae Maga- 
zine and see the pictures of Anne Webb 
and Isabel Dzung, our Benedict scholars, 
and realize that the girls at Sweet Briar in 
our days are going along with these girls 

into the future where they are going to 
make real contributions?" 

The Lost Persons column is continued i 
the October magazine as all alumnae receive 
a copy of this issue. Only one item, giving 
the present address of one of our group, was 
received in response to our column in the 
June number, and that came from a member 
of the class of 1946, giving us information 
about her husband's aunt who had attended 
the Academy. We have hopes that many of 
you will read these names and, if you know 
or have any means of finding out abou' 
these members of the old Academy, that you 
will be sure to let us know. 

With the opening of the college year, make 
up your mind NOW to be on the active list 
or alumnae and send in early your contribu- 
tion to the Alumnae Fund to make certain 

All About the Publications Subscriptions Project 



NEW or RENEWAL subscriptions for almost any magazine in the world may be 
ordered now through the Alumnae Office. If you take several magazines expiring at 
different times, they can be sent together to us with one check and the subscriptions 
will take effect on the respective expiration dates. 

On gift subscriptions, a gift card will be sent if so indicated. 

Send the subscription form, or the publisher's renewal notice, or just jot down name, 
address, publication, whether new or renewal, and for how long on a piece of paper 
and send it in. 






Make checks payable to the Alumnae Association. If several subscriptions are included, 
only one check for the total is needed. 

Send well in advance. Sixty days may be needed for processing because of publisher's 
delays. Delays occur also when you order directly, and it takes no longer through 
our office. 

Send to Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar 

The Alumnae Office will be glad to handle changes of address for all magazines 
subscribed to through us. 

Any complaint which the subscriber would ordinarily take up with the publisher 
can be routed to the Alumnae Office to be handled. 

October, 1947 


that you are. These are momentous days at 
Sweet Briar in growth and development and 
with as large a membership as ours we should 
be an integrated associate group closely 
allied with the college's interests. Please do 
your part to see that we are. 


Marie Bell, 1907-1908. 

Jessie Margaret Bennett, 1916-1917 

Linda Elizabeth Bcrggren (Mrs. John B. 
Kirk), 1915-1916 

Aileen Demond Bethel, 1915-1916 

Florence Beyers (Mrs. W. H. Williams), 

Gertrude BirkhorT, 1913-1915 

Pearl Leona Blakeley, 1911-1912 

Dorothy Randall Board, 1914-1916 

Elizabeth Sumner Bolinger (Mrs. Banks 
Hudson), 1913-1914 

Lynnc Bomer, 1917 

Lillian Ruth Bowman (Mrs. T. E. Murrell) 

Alice Brazelton (Mrs. Israel Peterson) 

Marianna D. Brazill (Mrs. John H. Iden) 

Lida Peck Bronson (Mrs. E. C. Colley) 

Mary Jane Brown (Mrs. Robert Andrade) 

Harriet G. Buchanan {Mrs. Benjamin F 
Tilley, Jr.), 1910-1912 

Lydia C. Burge (Mrs. Harold A. Stewart) 

Adele Sidney Burleson (Mrs. Bryant Smith) 

Loma Wiese Burton (Mrs. Everett Hoae- 
land), 1916-1917 


Class Secretary: Wanted. 

Fund Agent: Eugenia Griffin (Mrs. Charles 
R. Burnett), 5906 Three Chopt Road, 
Richmond 21, Virginia. 

Class Secretary: Josephine Murray (Mrs. J. 
Whitman Joslin, Jr.), 200 West Madison 
Avenue, Johnstown, New York. 

My only news this time is the announce- 
ment of the marriage of my daughter which 
may interest some of Sweet Briar's "Pioneer 
Girls" for she has had many pleasant visits 
at the homes of my college friends. 

Mary Miller Joslin was married on May 
24 to William A. Wirene of Schenectady, 
who is manager of the Industrial Materials 
Division of the General Electric Co. They 
are residing in Schenectady which is only 
twenty-eight mHes from Johnstown, a very- 
pleasing fact to the mother of an only child 
tor I can see her often. 

Please, you girls of 1911, write me some- 
thing about yourselves and your families 
sc the next issue will have a good showing. 


Class Secretary: Loulie M. Wilson, 2034 
Sixteenth Street, Washington, D. C. 
Fund Agent: Margaret Thomas (Mrs. 
Paul J. Kruesi) 1507 Edgewood Circle, Chat- 
tanooga, Tennessee. 


Class Secretary: Elizabeth Grammer (Mrs. 
Donald F. Torrey) Alden Park Manor, Phila- 
delphia 44, Pennsylvania. 

Fund Agent : Sue Hardie (Mrs. William 
T. Bell) 40 Sherman Avenue, Glen Ridge, 
New r Jersey. 

Class Secretary: Wanted! 


Class Secretary: Frances W. Pennypacker, 
5 17 Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 

After my letter left for the June News 
two more answers to my post cards arrived, 
which gave me a start on this letter. 

Rosalia Feder Sarbey, ex 15, wrote from 
Wickenburg, Arizona, where she and her two 
daughters spent the winter in the "crossroads 
of the West." She expected to spend the sum- 
mer in their cottage on the cliffs of Lake 
Erie but added, "Tell any S.B.C. girls out 
this way to look me up in the fall." 

Margaret Grant, '15, received my card 
just as she was going up to Rochester to 
give a talk on the United Nations to the 
Student Association of the Eastman School 
of Music. I hope we will be able to have 
Margaret speak to our Philadelphia Alumnae 
Club this winter. 

Margaret is still secretary of the Kousse- 
vitzky Music Foundation which awards grants 
to composers each year. Her daughter, 
Leslie, and her husband are living in Boston 
while he is finishing up his Ph.D. at Harvard. 
Young Margaret is beginning her junior year 
at Barnard and Harold is a senior at the 
Lenox School, Lenox, Mass. 

The Philadelphia Bulletin of June 26 had 
a very nice article about Margaret, who is 
included in the sixteen highest paid women 
with the United Nations. It said, "Mrs. 
Grant went from Sweet Briar to Columbia 
University where she took her Ph.D. in 
Sociology and Economics. Her first job 
was editing documents for the American 
Commission to Negotiate Peace, after the 
last war. (Meaning World War I). She has 
done research for the Rockefeller Founda- 
tion, helped direct a national symphony survey, 
was statistical director of the U.S-O. during 
the war and has turned out half a dozen 
books on old age security, big business and 
the like." 

It is with sorrow that I have to report 
the death of Edward Hall Faile, husband of 
Dorys McCcnnell Faile, ex '16, in February 

Since this issue of the Alumnae News 
reaches all of you I do wish you would take 
to heart my appeal for news. It is a much 
more interesting letter if it contains names 
and news of the girls you knew most in- 
timately and the only way you. can be sure 
of hearing about them and of them hearing 
about you is by sending in as much news 
as you can. The only way you will be 
able to read any of the other three issues 
of the Alumnae News during the rest of the 
year is by contributing to the Alumnae 
Fund. So — send in your contribution to the 
Alumnae Office right away and at the same 

time please sit down and write me a letter 
of news about yourself, your family and 
your Sweet Briar Friends. 


Class Secretary: Wanted! 


Class Secretary: Bertha Pfister (Mrs. Ben- 
jamin Wailes) Sweet Briar, Virginia. 

Fund Agent : Inez Skillern (Mrs. Walter 
Rcller) 121 Main Street, Boise, Idaho. 


Class Secretary: Cornelia Carroll (Mrs. 
K N. Gardner) , 622 5 Powhatan Avenue, 
Norfolk 8, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Esther Turk (Mrs. Harry H. 
Hemmings) 23 West 79th Street, New 
York 24, New York. 


Class Secretary: Isabel Luke (Mrs. T. Foster 
Witt), River Road, R. F. D. No. 13, Rich- 
mond 21, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Rosanne Gilmore, 1303 Term- 
inal Tower, Cleveland 13, Ohio. 


Class Secretary: Wanted! 


Class Secretary-' Edith Durrell (Mrs. Ed- 
ward C. Marshall) 63 26 Ridge Avenue, 
Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati 13, Ohio. 

Class Secretary: Ruth Fiske (Mrs. Charles 
Steegar) 1 Park Lane, Mount Vernon, New 

Fund Agent •' Beulah Norris, 1 3 Hazel- 
croft Avenue, New Castle, Pennsylvania. 


Class Secretary: Wanted! 

Fund Agent: Jane Guignard (Mrs. Broadus 
Thompson), P. O. Box 480, Columbia, South 


Class Secretary: Kathryn Klumph (Mrs. 
Frederick T. McGuire, Jr.), 2 5 97 Derbyshire 
Road, Cleveland 6, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Susan Fitchett, St. Catherine's 
School, Richmond, Virginia. 

First of all I want to urge you to con- 
tribute as soon as possible to the Alumnae 
Fund. It's the only way we can show our 
appreciation to Sweet Briar and as a con- 
tributor you can keep in touch with the 
doings of our classmates via the four issues 
of the Alumnae News 

May I give my heartfelt thanks to the five 
of you who answered in reply to the fifty 
notes I sent out this summer — and likewise 
to the few faithfuls who sent me bits of news 

It's been a long time since I caught up with 
Augusta Gee Loggins (Mrs. Ed.) who is now 
living at 1240 Perry Street, Helena, Arkansas. 


Alumnae News 

Wren she was married two years ago her 
husband had just returned from 3 1 months 
in Africa and Italy where he was transporta- 
tion officer with the A.T.C. He is now manag- 
ing a Goodrich Store. Her daughter, Augusta 
Crump, who attended Goucher College for 
two years, married Sam Adams, Jr., in 
September 194*. He was a West Point grad- 
uate from Greenwood, Mississippi. They have 
been in Germany for more than a year where 
he is with the Judge Advocates General sec- 
tion. Before the war Augusta was active in 
the P.T.A., Garden Club, Federated Woman's 
Club, and Division Third Vice-President of 
the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 
During the war she worked in the personnel 
department of a war plant and then ran a 
small branch bank in Carrolton for a year 
and a half. Congratulations Augusta, on being 
the first banker in our class! 

Phyllis Millinger Camp has also acquired a 
singular distinction. She has been running the 
church school in Leechburg and is the Treas- 
urer of the Guild. Her husband is a vestry- 
man. Last year when they had no rector 
Phyllis prepared the candidates and presented 
them for confirmation. The Bishop said it was 
the first time, to his knowledge, that a 
woman had presented candidates. Phyllis has 
two daughters — Audrey 10 and Avery 7 — the 
former has been on the honor roll all year 
at school. They visited relatives this summer 
who own the Bashford Manor Stud Farm 
(famous for race horses) in Kentucky, and 
her father in Chicago. 

Elizabeth Pope Mercer with her family 
vacationed at Split Rocks Lodge in the 
Poconos. Shiney Boiline Mountcastle with her 
family had a cottage at Madison, Conn., this 
summer — they both sounded as if they had 
heavenly times. Shiney's daughter entered 
Sweet Briar this fall. 

Valletta Dollc Murrin writes that her 
daughter, Jane, is just entering high school 
and may go to Sweet Briar. 

Helen Gaus, '23, is one of the few S.B. 
girls Willetta ever sees in Columbus. 

Bernice HulbllrS Wain tells me that her 
oldest son, Bud, is entering the University of 
Virginia this fall and Hugh is going to 
Episcopal High. 

Marie Brede Brown's daughter, Fran, is a 
junior this year at Sweet Briar. Marie and 
her attorney husband are planning to visit her 
this October. Her son, Larry, is entering 
Adrian College and his one interest and goal 
is the University of Michigan football team. 

Genevieve Ehtun Moodey wrote from their 
summer home on Klinger Lake, White Pigeon, 
Michigan. Her husband is rector of Grace 
Episcopal Church in Muncie, Indiana, so 
naturally she is busy with guilds, Sunday 
School and during the war. Red Cross and 
Hospital Auxiliary work. She has four daugh- 
ters; Christine at Ball College in Muncie, 
Genevive at Indiana University, Mary in 
high school, and Sally, 7J4, in the grades. 
She tries to play a little bridge and do some 
serious reading so she doesn't get too much of 
"three meals a day," and that's all she has 
time for. 

Fritz and I went out to the coast again 
for the fourth trip this last year. On the 
way out we spent a wonderful day with 

Marion Swannell Wright, and her husband. 
We had a nice visit with the children and 
Marion's mother. They took us over to Juarez, 
Mexico, for lunch and supervised my shop- 
ping tour. We went then to St. Clements 
Episcopal Church, of which Bill is the right- 
fully proud rector. Finished the day with 
big thick steaks in their cunning little adobe 
house out in the country. Sue, aged 14, is 
a real beauty and impressed us no end with 
her art work. The Wrights took their vaca- 
tion at Grand Canyon this summer. Unfor- 
tunately, on their return, young Dan, 11, 
fell from the top of a truck-load of hay and 
broke his arm. 

I'm closing with two reminders, the 
Alumnae Fund and write your Secretary — 

Class Secretary: Frances Burnett (Mrs. 
Louis Mellen), 22325 Calverton Road, Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. 

Class Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agent: Virginia Taylor (Mrs George 
Tinker) 223 Orange Road, Montclair, New 

Class Secretary: Margaret Cramer (Mrs. 
W. B. Crane, Jr.) 5 Verplank Avenue. 
Stamford, Connecticut. 

Fund Agent: Josephine Snowden (Mrs. 
Kenneth Durham), 25 15 Forest Drive, Des 
Moines 12, Iowa. 

Thank you for your loyal support of the 
A'umnae Fund for 1946-47. The number of 
contributors of the class of '27 has greatly 
increased the last few years. We hope your 
generosity will continue to grow so that our 
record for 1947-4.8 will be even nearer to 
the 100% goal. 

The next three issues of the Alumnae 
News, February, April, and June, will be sent 
only to contributors for the 1947-48 season. 

We went overboard with news in the 20th 
reunion letter of last June so I'm giving you 
a breathing spell in hope that the next time 
I send you a card you will return one to me 
crammed with news. 

This summer I saw Camilla Alsop Hyde 
and met her attractive husband. She was in 
New York for a while recovering from an 
ear operation. 

Emily Jones Hodge and her family stopped 
overnight on their way to New England. Sara, 
age 10, exhibited cartwheels indefatigably 
while Bob, age 14, erected his pup tent in 
the yard and insisted upon spending the night 

Rebecca Manning Cutler and family rented 
a house in Stamford for the summer. Earlier 
they had visited in Spartanburg and thought 
Sea Isle would be their goal in October. It 
was grand to get acquainted with her family. 

Connie Van Ness spent an afternoon with 
us. It turned into a party when we discovered 
it was her birthday and hastily stood candles 
in the ice cream. 

Maggie Leigh Hobbs and I had a grand time 
with Virginia Wilson Robbins at her home 
in Scarsdale. At the time, early summer, they 
vowed they hadn't had the pleasure of being 

really hot since they left Virginia. Did any- 
one hear from them during the August heat 

At this moment on September 2 it seems 
unbelievable that wishing you a Merry Christ- 
mas could be appropriate, but this is the only 
issue of the News until February so — greet- 
ings to each of you and good health to you 
and your families. 

P.S. Never forget that Samford 4-2 5 69 is 
my telephone number. I'm only 45 minutes 
from New York and think it a great treat 
to come in to see you when you are in the 
city. In the meantime send your dollars to 
Sweet Briar and encourage me to get more 
news for more people. 

Class Secretary: Barbara Lewis (Mrs. De- 
Zouche Lewis Maxwell), 337 East 3 0th Street, 
New York 16, New York. 
Fund Agent: Betty Prescott (Mrs. R. H. 
Balch), 1202 Parkway East, Utica 2, N. Y. 

Jean Williamson Bridges died suddenly 
May 31. We all are sorry and remember her 
as one of the loveliest girls in the class. Her 
father visited the campus in August in re- 
membrance of Jean's great devotion to Sweet 
Briar. Jean's two sons, one daughter and her 
husband survive her. She had led an active 
life, full of community interests. 

Katherine Brigbtbill Biltz's husband died 
most unexpectedly on August 3 0. We all 
join her in her sorrow. She has two little girls. 

Having just taken over the secretaryship, 
I sat down and wrote letters to each of you, 
hoping to have some news for the October 
number — and it seems to me no wonder that 
there is never any news of '28. Out of 119 
letters I wrote, I got exactly four replies. 
All honour and glory to those four, and here 
is the news they sent me — 

Sarah Everett Toy writes that her son 
Bill Lee, enters Princeton in September. Her 
second son, John Lee, enters Woodberry 
Forest, her daughter, Sarah Dallam Toy, 
aged 9 months, is beginning to crawl! 
Can you imagine anything more delightful 
than a progressive family? You'd just have 
to stay young to keep up with that. 

Louise Conklin Knowles writes that she and 
ber husband, Anne aged 14 and Bobby aged 8 
spent a week this summer at Grafton, Ver- 
mont, with Lib Crane Hall and her husband, 
on their farm— Lib's daughter is 14 and her 
son 10, so everything was congenial. Conky 
went to the Sweet Briar Northern New Jersey- 
Alumnae meeting at Eleanor Branch Cornell's 
house in Montclair in the spring — a most 
interesting meeting and a delightful party. 

Connie Fur man Westbrook writes that she 
stays busy bringing up a four-year-old daugh- 
ter and taking care of "a harassed automo- 
bile dealer" — but she underrates herself. 
Besides this full-time job she finds time for 
Garden Club, other organizations, and a 
social life! At the tea for Miss Lucas in the 
spring the Atlanta chapter of the Alumnae 
Association organized a discussion group 
which Connie is planning to attend along 
with everything else — so I think she is really 
contributing something to the good way of 
life. She sees Charlotte Conway Curran and 
Frances Coyner Huffard — Charlotte and Frank 

October, 1947 


are moving from New York co Charlottes- 
ville soon. 

Marion fayne Bcrguido has moved to Hav- 
erford from Wynnewood — is kept busy with 
her five daughters, ranging from 15 to 2 l /z 
— named Jayne, Joan, June, Joy and Jill. She 
and Betty Moore Schilling, Mary Nclms Locke 
and Betty's sister (who realizes she should 
have been a Sweet Briarite) have a bridge 
foursome and see each other often. Betty has 
three sons, aged 15, 7 and 2 l / 2 — Mary two 
daughters, IS and 10 — the five Berguidos and 
two Lockes are entered for Sweet Briar. 
Marion says she hopes to see Marguerite 
Hodnett McDaniel soon — she and her husband 
are coming to New York to attend a conven- 
tion of surgeons and will spend a week-end — 
they have two girls and two boys. Libby 
]ones Shand and her husband are stationed 
in Honolulu — he is now a Captain in the 

Margaret McWilliams Walsh writes that 
she and her husband have just made a trip 
to the Canadian Rockies — had a wonderful 
time buying antique English silver and seeds 
at Butchards. 

As for your secretary — I left Venezuela a 
year-and-a-half ago and am now thoroughly 
settled as a New Yorker, having been for- 
tunate enough to acquire a minute apart- 
ment — but it has a garden. Right in the 
middle of New York I can get out and dig. 
When not doing that I work for the Vet- 
erans Center and for Knickerbocker Hospital 
and other things. 

I do hope to hear from a lot more of you 
so that I will have a good lot of news for the 
next summer. Just a post-card would be 
much appreciated, and of course a nice long 
chatty letter would be the very best! 

Class Secretary: Polly McDiarmid (Mrs. V. 
Pierre Serodino) , Route 2, Box 70A, Ash- 
land, Kentucky. 

Fund Agent: Mary Archer Bean (Mrs. 
James V. Eppes), 3 3 Linnaean Street, Cam- 
bridge 3 8, Massachusetts. 

As you can see by the above, we are still 
vagabonds, having moved this summer from 
Chattanooga to Ashland, Kentucky. We were 
very fortunate to find a precious house and 
already love the town. We were homeless for 
a month between buying and gaining pos- 
session. Peter was in camp and I had a won- 
derful time "visiting around," which included 
a week on the Ruth Ferguson Smythe family 
at Torch Lake, Michigan. Vacationing there 
at the same time were Sally Callison Jami- 
son and Jane Callison Smith with their 
assorted children. It was such fun and Sally 
and Jane have not changed one bit, still as 
silly and cute as ever. 

We wanted to get over to nearby Boyne 
City, Michigan, to see Hallie Gubelman 
Knowles but one week is not long enough. 
Hallie and Bill planned to drive with their 
wee one to Arizona for the winter. They 
expected a grand reunion in August with 
Hallie's sister, Marge Gubelman Hastert, '3 3 , 
who returned from Hawaii for the first time 
since Pearl Harbor. 

Jane Wilkinson Banyard's husband is out 
ot the Canadian Navy and they have left 

Nova Scotia where they resided for seven 
years. They spent his terminal leave in Ber- 
muda where they had a pleasant visit with 
Mrs. Raymond. Jane's husband is to be cap- 
tain of Queen of Bermuda when she goes out 
again, and all travelers please note! Jane hopes 
all Sweet Briar girls traveling on the ship 
will introduce themselves and have a "dish of 
tea" with the captain. Sounds super to me! 
Jane says she has had enough of shoveling 
coal and snow and hopes to settle herself and 
the boys in Bermuda. 

We should all be real proud of Lee Stdman 
Smith who is running for the School Board 
of Radnor Township in Wayne, Pennsylvania. 
She has three children, aged 12, 10, and 7. 
Good luck, Lee, we know you would make 
a good member. 

Mary Archer Bean Eppes had a narrow 
escape this summer when she and her family 
were on their way to Nova Scotia. A car 
ran into them head on, but they all miracu- 
louslv escaped being hurt. The car was 
wrecked so they changed their plans to a 
hiking and camping trip through the Adiron- 

Jo Tat man Mace's daughter was confined 
in a Hartford, Connecticut, hospital most of 
the summer. They are back in Aurora, Illi- 
nois, now and Joanie improves steadily. 

Katy Coe and her sister vacationed at 
Chatham this summer and were so sorry 
to miss Bonnie Wood Stookey who had just 
left. Katy is back in New York now, and I 
still say she gives much better service than 
the catalogue. 

Baird and Lisa Gnigon Shinberger and their 
two children vacationed at Virginia Beach 
this summer. Lisa is Vice-President and help- 
ing to organize a new alumnae club in Alex- 
andria. Baird has finished one of his three 
years of studying for the ministry and is 
acting rector of a nearby church. 

Marie Bemis Hoar has just become the 
mother of her second daughter. I'm sorry not 
to know the newcomer's name or birthday. 
Maria also has one son. 

Anne Gochnauer had a grand visit with 
Nora Lee Antrim at Squaw Lake, New 
Hampshire, this summer. Anne and her 
mother have an antique shop in Upper ville, 
Virginia. (Shopping tip!) 

Peg Harding Kelly has two girls, aged 11 
and 5 . Her husband is with DuPont and 
they now live in Birmingham. Wish I'd 
known that when I was there this summer! 

Jo Kluttz Ruflin lives in Durham where 
she has been terrifically active with the 
Junior League for two years. 

Sue Tucker Yates says having four chil- 
dren is loads of fun. The whole family 
thoroughly enjoys Johnny, who will be a 
year old in October. 

Lois Mcllroy Cooper has been in Colorado 
since 1945 when George returned from over- 
seas. He is practicing law now. They have 
one son, Langdon, aged 6. Lois says she would 
love to see any alumnae who might come to 
Fort Morgan. 

Don't forget, the Alumnae News for the 
rest of this year goes only to those who have 
contributed to the Alumnae Fund — so get 
out your checkbooks! You wouldn't want to 
miss these fascinating columns, would you? 


Class Secretary: Sally Reahard, 5 52 5 North 
Meridian Street, Indianapolis 8, Indiana. 

Fund Agent: Gwendolyn Olcott (Mrs. 
George Writer, Jr.), 21 Fifth Avenue, New 
York, New York. 

The drought has been hard on our crop 
of news items! At the deadline I find the 
harvest is no more than four postal cards, 
from a heavy planting earlier in the season. 
However, this is a gratifying return since 
they are from some of our long, long lost! 

Elizabeth Tbomason Griffin appeared from 
Chicago (South Chicago, that is) with the 
report that her daughter, Libby, is 1 2 and 
her son, Emory, is 10. Tommy must still be 
going strong; she is now President of P.T.A. 
among other things. 

I wrote to Lisle Turner in Lakeland, Flor- 
ida, but in her answer she says that "Sewanee, 
Tennessee," is still the best address to reach 
her. Says she does a lot of skipping around 
but they have her forwarding address. She 
was there last year, teaching Chemistry in 
the University. At the moment she is in 
Nashville and claims to have no definite plans 
for the immediate future. Emilie has been 
traveling with her husband, but has not 
seen any other S.B. gals. I think you all ought 
to know that Lisle is busy in her spare time 
knitting sweaters, sox, mittens and caps to 
send to European children. Says she uses all 
the wool she can get her hands on, so let's 
see what we can dig out for her. 

I guess Dorothy tartman Zaenglein is for- 
ever doomed to ride the caboose of all mailing 
lists! I am glad to say that we did find her 
there bobbing along with an annex behind 
carrying her three offsprings, Helen Rae, aged 
13, Joanne, aged 11, and David, aged 6. 
When she wrote they were planning a month's 
vacation at Sea Island, Georgia. 

Eunice Waiters Coolbaugh wrote from her 
home in Fayetteville, New York, stating that 
she and her family were going to take a trip 
through the New England states this summer. 
Her little girl Sara Ann is 3j/ 2 , and her boy 
not quite 2, so I imagine mama had her hands 
full on the excursion. For fun, Eunice says 
she Hkes bridge, golf and swimming, when 
she can sneak in same. 

I am just back from a month in Leland, 
Michigan, and haven't gotten my wits to- 
gether for city life. Spent those lazy days 
doing very little but visiting my old friends 
and lying on the beach. Painted a few water- 
colors for the Village Shop there which has 
foisted them upon the summer trade for 
several years. 

See you in December, with more news, I 
hope. Allow me to remind you that any 
size contribution to the Alumnae Fund will 
bring you this publication four times a year. 
Only the October issue is sent to the com- 
plete Alumnae list. 

Class Secretary: Martha McBroom (Mrs. 
Frank L. Shipman), 210 Ridge Avenue, Troy, 

Fund Agent ." Virginia Cooke (Mrs. Fred- 
erick W. Rea) 650 Bexley Avenue, Marion, 


Alumnae News 

My apologies for missing my report the 
last two quarters but a lot of sickness plus 
the no-help situation cut into my already 
full routine. However, things are looking up 
now and I'm grateful for the prompt reply 
that many of you made to my belated cards. 

A note from Nancy Worthington included 
the following interesting news from her camp 
season "entering the last week of camp — with 
play on Tuesday, horseshow and operatta 
Wednesday, final camp fire Thursday, ban- 
quet Friday and 3 00 people and baggage out 
on Saturday — thus ending a fine camp sea- 
son." What a project Nancy has undertaken; 
but from all outside reports — a most success- 
ful one. 

Marjorie Webb Maryanov has taken up golf 
again. She finds she is using up lots of energy 
and getting slow results. Sounds like myself 
when I try and beat my children at Ping 

Helen Sims Mellen has been vacationing at 
Sea Girt, New Jersey. She and son Johnny 
met Ginny Qui n tar d Bond and two sons in 
New York for lunch one day and later they 
took in the Statue of Liberty. A card from 
Ginny agrees with Helen — that it was stren- 
uous but well worth it — except for the 
climb to the crown — which is where the ele- 
vator leaves off. 

Last spring Helen had lunch with Natalie 
Roberts, Foster and husband and later "Split" 
CJark paid her a brief visit. 

I learned from a friend here that Natalie 
and Walter are back in Ohio — living in Wil- 
mington, which is near Wright Field, where 
Walter is no doubt continuing his experiments 
for the army. My friend had run into Natalie 
in Springfield, Ohio, where both were attend- 
ing a Girl Scout Training Course. 

Polly Swift Calhoun keeps busy with her 
four children but still manages to find time 
to grow her own fruits and vegetables for 
freezing purposes. Lucky girl — with rising 
food prices — but limited experience tells me 
that it takes more than luck to accomplish 
such things. 

Peronne Whit taker Scott writes that her 
family is thriving and so happy to be united 
again. However, since Bob was still travelling 
last winter, Perry took up shorthand in order 
to fill her free hours. At present she helps 
teach it at the local business night school 
and finds the job most interesting. 

Josephine Gibbs DuBois' baby, whose arri- 
val I reported in a recent issue, is now 1 7 
months old and with the two older boys 
makes quite a perfect family. Jo and her 
husband bought an old stone house in a little 
tewn, Monacasy Station, located 20 miles 
from Reading. They love their farm and Jo 
never tires of the view from her windows 
v> hich consists of rolling farm land and 

Living in the same vicinity is Jane Bikie, who has recently moved from R it ten- 
house Square, Philadelphia, to Germantown. 
She and John own their home and are located 
across from the Germantown Cricket Club, 
where they can keep active in sports when 

Living quite close to Jane is Katherine 
Kncrr Angel l's mother, who gives Jane fre- 

quent news of Kitty. At present Kitty lives 
in Ardmore and has three children. 

Last February Jane ran into Helen Lau- 
rence Vander Horst at the alumnae tea; and 
they discovered that their homes were just 
a few blocks apart. According to Jane, Helen 
looks wonderful, has stayed slim and three 
children have made no dent in her energy. 

Jean Country man Presba writes that all is 
well with her family after a hectic spring. 
She and Bill and daughter, Paula, enjoyed a 
vacation in Northern Minnesota this summer 
and it proved a particularly good rest for 
Jean as it was her first time away from her 
IS months old child, who now weighs 26 l / 2 
pounds and is wonderfully healthy and 

Virginia Quintard Bond sent me a card 
from Dennispon on Cape Cod, where she 
and Ed have been summering with the two 
boys. Ted will be in the third grade this 
year and Whit in the first, and Ginny has 
involved herself in three new projects, all 
with the title Education Committee — one with 
the Community Fund, another the League of 
Women's Voters and thirdly, the Junior 

Ellen Eskridge Sanders spent five weeks this 
summer with her family in Amherst, Vir- 
ginia, while her husband attended the Inter- 
national Trade Conference at Geneva, Swit- 
zerland. Ellen could have accompanied, had 
it not meant taking her 7-year-old out of 
school. She and Polly Cary Dew Woodson 
enjoyed taking their children to the Sweet 
Briar lake — where Ellen's son learned to swim. 

Saw quite a bit of Mary Stewart Kelso 
Clegg early in the summer. She had just 
gotten a new Ford station wagon and she and 
her mother and Carolyn were planning to 
spend July and August in Boyview, Michigan. 
It Joe could get a few weeks off, he and 
Stewart were going to Canada and the Clegg's 
summer place at Black Island. Since Joe is 
tt ,i veiling most of the time and only tempo- 
rarily settled in Baltimore, Stewart has de- 
cided to make Ohio headquarters and is 
considering remodeling a lovely old farm 
house on one of the Kelso farms near Xenia. 
Carolyn will attend the Grier School, near 
Philadelphia, again this year. 

Mary Shelton Clark, '29, and George paid 
us a "flying visit" in their er-coupe last 
spring. They were here less than 24 hours 
but we managed to do a lot in that time. 
Mary enjoyed seeing Charlotte Coles Fried- 
man (ex-'30) and her husband and daugh- 
ter, Toni, who live out from Troy in a 
charming farm house which Charlotte and 
her father remodeled several years ago. 

I have had a pleasant summer — Shep and 
Skippy went to Wisconsin for two weeks 
fishing in July and my mother came up from 
Chattanooga and stayed with Jane and my- 
self. Later, Shep and I went to a near-by 
lake for a week while Jane was in camp and 
Skippy was with his grandparents. 

Originally, we had hoped to go to Maine 
on our vacation and I had had some exten- 
sive correspondence with Milo Bates Crawford 
('27) whose lodge at Boothbay, Maine, 
sounded most attractive. Due to having vaca- 
tion time cut short we had to find a place 
nearer home — but I am still looking forward 

to including Lake- View Lodge in my itiner- 
ary next summer. The high spot of my sum- 
mer was a recent visit from Agnes Cleveland 
Ssndifer and Polly Woodward Hill. Aggie 
had brought her children out to Frankfort, 
Kentucky, to visit Bill's family and she 
managed to get to Cincinnati for a few days 
and she and Polly spent a day and night 
with me. We nearly wore ourselves out catch- 
ing up on the news since the three of us 
ha * not been together since our senior year. 

Aggie had visited Martha McCowati Bur- 
nett, ex-'31, in Greensboro last spring. Martha 
has three children and lives near Mary Lynn 
Carlson King. They had luncheon there one 
day and Aggie was most attracted to the 
Swedish murals in Mary Lynn's hall. These 
were authentic copies of scenes from the 
Swedish village in which Dr. Carlson was 
born. Aggie also saw Cynthia Vaughan, who 
formerly held a job with Prince Matchabelh 
Cosmetics in New York. Aggie spent a day 
with Hazel Stamps, "32, at Henderson ville. 
North Carolina. Later, she took her daughter. 
Prudence, and Martha Burnett's little girl to 
Sea Island, Georgia, for a ten-day vacation. 

Polly sees Jane Mublberg Halverstadt and 
Mary Huntington Harrison, '3 0, in Cincin- 
nati occasionally. In fact, Jane was meeting 
Polly and Aggie for luncheon the day they 
left here. I would like to have been in on 
that session, but circumstances prevented my 
leaving home. 

I know all of you join me in extending 
our sympathy to Martha McCouan Burnett, 
whose father died quite suddenly in Macon, 
Georgia, this summer. 

A card from Margaret Ferguson Bennett 
written March 9th, mentioned that she is 
still Secretary to the Dean of Olivet College 
on a part-time basis, also that the college had 
had a visit from Archibald MacLeish. 

A card from Toole Rotter Mullikin writ- 
ten last February told me of her many activ- 
ities. First Vice President and Publicity Chair- 
man of Garden Club of Winter Haven, 
Florida, also Co-Director of District S of the 
Florida Federated Garden Club, President 
of Church Guild, and most active in tennis. 
She and her husband enjoyed two weeks va- 
cation east last summer and fall, the latter 
trip occurring in October when Marshall was 
an usher in a wedding in Williamsburg, Vir- 
ginia — at old Brut on Parish Church. 

A card in April from Naomi Doty Stead 
announced the arrival of Janet Merry Stead 
on March 1 8, weighing in at five pounds 
fourteen ounces. They have a boy eight years 

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CLiss Secretary: Wanted! 
Fund Agent •' Alice Weymouth (Mrs. Frank 
McCord) 147-37 Beech Avenue, Flushing, 
New York. 


Class Secretary: Anne Marvin, Box IS 76, 
University, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

The class will be distressed to hear of the 
death of Enna Frances Broun Batsell last 
June. At that time I wrote her husband ex- 
pressing our sympathy at his double loss — 
the death of his beloved wife Enna and his 

October, 1947 


baby daughter. Enna Frances will be greatly 
missed by all who had the privilege of know- 
ing her. 

Jo Riicker Powell's third daughter, Mary 
Lewis, was born July I. She is angelic and 
the Powells wouldn't trade her for all the 
boys in the world. Lewis and Jo are still 
looking for a satisfactory house but are for- 
tunate enough to be living with Jo's parents 
at the present time. 

Mary Lankford lives in "Washington and 
has been working in the law business for 
six years. Helen Martin works in the labora- 
tory of an industrial plant 23 miles from 
her home. Sounds like a lot of commuting. 
Helen had a letter from Jacqueline Billard 
who is teaching in the Friends School in 
Baltimore, and she has also heard from 
Marcelle Dominique Perrot. 

Barbara Cawley Wilson, an ex-'3 3, sends 
us news for the first time and we are de- 
lighted to hear from her. After leaving 
college she went to art school for 2 x /z years 
and then was married. Barbara is busy with 
her family of two red-haired children and 
her husband. Her son is 14 and her daugh- 
ter 9. It was grand to hear from her at 

Elizabeth Gray sent me a newsy card 
about herself and other exes. She is still 
assistant secretary of the Chesapeake Cor- 
poration of Virginia, where she has been 
ever since school. Inky Olsson divides her 
time between West Point, New York City, 
and Virginia. Elizabeth's cousin, Marietta 
Derby Garst and her family moved back to 
New York after about 1 years in Buenos 
Aires. Elizabeth saw Mary Spalding Osterman 
not so long ago en route to their cottage 
at Clay Bank in Gloucester from their home 
ii. Richmond. 

Virginia Alford Johnston and her family 
(four children) have just moved from Glen- 
dale, Ohio, to Louisville, Kentucky. 

Betty Burgess Poppell writes that her 
daughter Patty is far enough in school to be 
planning her courses to fit the Sweet Briar 
entrance requirements. 

Marjorie Burford Crenshaw has been elected 
by the Alumnae Council to fill one of its 
vacancies of two unexpired terms. She will 
serve through June 1948. 

Gerry Mallory has breathed a sigh of relief 
after her four years of generous service as 
Alumnae Fund Chairman. The task of organ- 
izing class agents and keeping records of all 
contributions to the Alumnae Fund is not a 
small one and Gerry has given tirelessly of 
her time and strength. She played tennis 
through July and August, the Jersey and 
Long Island circuit, and had fun traveling 
about and staying with friends. She officiated 
at the Wightman Cup Matches and the Na- 
tionals at Forest Hills. 

Mary Buick has been home in Birmingham, 
Michigan since Easter. She landed in San 
Francisco the last day of March after long 
service overseas in the American Red Cross. 
She talked to Elizabeth Giesen Lindsay on the 
phone while in San Francisco. Since Mary's 
return to the states she has taken a trip to 
Canada and planted a good size vegetable 

Nothing startling happens to me. This 
summer Mother and I took a delightful 
three-week trip north, including a week on 
our beloved Upper Saranac in the Adiron- 
dacks. Saw Gerry Mallory and Hetty Wells 
Finn. Hetty, her husband, son James, and 
daughter Binie had just returned from a 
paleontological expedition near Hudson, New 
York. They found, I believe, about 2,000 
fossils. James is deeply interested in fossils 
and keeps Hetty and Mac busy studying 
geology to try to keep up with him. Hettv 
and the boys visited at Sweet Briar earlier 
in the summer. 

These classmates are still lost and we 
should appreciate any clues about their pres- 
ent addresses: 

Alice Martin (Mrs. Thomas R. Cooper) ; 
Elizabeth Selden (Mrs. Edward Stainbrook) ; 
Mary Rose Taylor (Mrs. Severt A. Anderson, 
Jr.); Ethel M. Cameron (Mrs. Allen C. 
Smith, Jr.) ; Kathlean Carmichael (Mrs. 
George R. Mather) ; Mary Alice Durham 
(Mrs. William Ellis); Ruth Einhart; Annette 
Enderly (Mrs. Henry T. Birgel) ; Jeanne 
Harmon (Mrs. Lloyd Weisberger); Mabel 
Hickman (Mrs. John M. Flaitz) ; Eleanor 
Hottenstein (Mrs. Richard B. Foster); Cath- 
erine Kells (Mrs. R. O. Furlong) ; Janet 
McGregor (Mrs. Talbot Curtin) ; Eleanor 
Niggli (Mrs. F. A. Tyler) ; Martha North 
(Mrs. John V. Pollitt); Mildred Rahm (Mrs. 
Frederick MacDonald) ; Isabel Scott (Mrs. 
Claude L. Bowen, Jr.); Dora Tracy (Mrs. 
A. G. Ridgely) ; Virginia Vogler; Mary Jane 
Walne (Mrs. Whitfield H. Marshall); Sarah 
Zoller; Patricia Ireland (Mrs. Robert F. 
Hall, Jr.); Alice E. Smith ( Mrs. Barney T. 
Myers) . 


Class Secretary: Marjorie Lasar (Mrs. E. R. 
Hurd, Jr), 425 North Hanley Road, St. Louis 
J, Missouri. 

Fund Agent: Jean Sprague, 1910 Kalorama 
Road NW, Washington 9, D. C. 

Starting east and working due west, Lib 
Scbeucr Maxwell writes of spending an eve- 
ning last spring with Ruth Myers Pleasants 
and her husband in New York. Ruth's trip 
to Bermuda this summer was cancelled 
when they had a chance to move to a larger 
apartment. Lib keeps busy taking care of 
young John and Liza and working in the 
Children's Chest Clinic at Bellevue Hospital. 
Boonie Wood Stookey vacationed like mad; 
took her boys to Hinsdale, Illinois, and 
Spring Lake, New Jersey, and then she 
and Don went alone to Chatham on Cape 
Cod for two weeks. Mrs. Raymond visited 
her in September. 

A card from Mitzi last May reports that 
she was at Ann Robinson's Sunshine Terrace, 
Croton-on-Hudson, New York. 

Martha Lou and family spent the summer 
in Princeton, thusly: "I have engaged in 
Operations House-Guest ... to lure people 
into coming and getting acquainted with my 
husband and daughter. Julie is a sophisti- 
cated lady of four months who is full of 
blandishments. Makes us laugh at how little 
social contribution we expected from her 
until she could talk. Our feeling now is 

that four months is probably the prime of 
life and the rest of the life span is a gentle 
decline from there." 

Julie Sadler deColigny writes from Ben 
Air that she and Calvert have bought a cot- 
tage and she functions constantly as cook 
and bottle-washer. Julie did a bang-up job 
as Fund Agent and I know you join me in 
wanting to give her another merit badge 
to add to her large collection for good works. 

Jackie went home to Alabama in Septem- 
ber with her brood, her first visit in two 
years. She wrote of going out to school to 
picnic and swim and of visits with Sue 
Johnston Simpson and the Watts sisters when 
they were in Lynchburg. 

Bonny McDonald Hatch writes of peace 
and quiet in Muncie since the Army turned 
them loose. Eleanor Alcott Bromley went 
to Canada in August and is in the throes 
of getting small Anne ready for her debut 
into the educational world. Helen Hanson 
Bamford gave me the good news that son 
Bobby's eye is better. 

Tacky Williams McCollum and family- 
bought a house in Springfield last January 
where they are happily settled. Betty Carter 
Clark in Pasadena has moved again and 
seems pleased with the present. She sees 
Eleanor Cooke Esterly from time to time 
and was visited last winter by Mary Nelson 
Becker. Cookie spent the summer in San 
Marino with side trips to Lake Arrowhead 
and Sequoia National Park. The Esterlys plan 
to go to a medical meeting in Chicago in 
October and then to visit her family in 

Rhea went to the west coast on business 
for the month of August and the children 
and I made our annual jaunt to the country 
complete with dog, cat, and bicycles. We 
looked a bit like Okies when packed but 
managed to make it there and back. I hear 
the school bells ringing with something akin 
to joy or am I being a very unnatural 
mother? We all keep well and hope you all 
do the same. 


Class Secretary: Jacquelyne Strickland 
(Mrs. Edward J. Dwelle, Jr.), 4910 Araparoe 
Avenue, Jacksonville 5 , Florida. 

Fund Agent-' Geneva Crossman (Mrs. E. S. 
Stevens) 2620 Walnut Lake Road, R.F.D. 1. 
Birmingham, Michigan. 


Class Secretary: Aline Stump, 125 East 84th 
Street, New York 28, New York. 

Fund Agent : Alma Martin (Mrs. Ralph 
Rotnem), 330 East 79th Street, New York 
21, New York. 

Many thanks to those of you who answered 
my postals. Remember this is the only issue 
you will receive unless you contribute to 
the Alumnae Fund! So, back up our Alumnae 
Fund and give generously to our college. 

Chicky Gregory was fortunate enough to 
acquire a summer sublet in Cambridge, Mass. 
She is just a step from the library, an 
essential, as she is "struggling" witn her 
thesis for her Doctor's Degree. Chicky adds, 


Alumnae News 

"You know Lucille Scott Knoke has another 
child — three boys and one girl now!" 

Katie Niles Parker writes most enthusias- 
tically about her wonderful family. Hei 
youngest, John Wells, is almost a year old. 
Katie's theory is "that he is so constantly 
impressed by what the other three children 
are doing, that it's going to take some time 
tor him to get around to doing anything 
himself." She plans to take her daughter, 
Anne, on a trip to Sweet Briar this fall for 
her seventh birthday and adds, "I can't think 
of anything else to give her that I would 
enjoy as much. Besides she still goes half- 

Dodie Burrill Walker, who is living in New 
York, visited the Parkers. "My children seemed 
instinctively to know her almost as well as 
I do and we sandwiched a good deal of con- 
versation in amongst other less interesting 
domestic activities." 

Katie sees Margaret Robertson Densmore 
whose husband teaches at Belmont Hill 

La Donobue McCormack and Katie have 
a somewhat "sporadic" correspondence check- 
ing upon each other's methods for managing 
a lot of children. The McCormacks spent 
the summer at their cottage at Elkhart Lake, 
\\ isconsin, Jimmy, the oldest, has learned 
to swim and dive, the other three paddh 

Mary Ktiauff Ghesquiere is now in Pensa- 
cola with her aviator husband, a Lieutenant 
Commander in the Navy. She says, "We 
don't know where we will be sent from 
here — could be anywhere from Atlantic City 
to the Philippines." The Ghesquieres have a 
daughter, Mary, one year old. 

Nancy Bras well Holderness has a new 
daughter, Nancy Duval, making two of each 
in the Holderness family. Congratulations! 
Maybe it would be a good idea, Nancy, to 
start a four way correspondence with Scotty, 
Katie and La! I know you will all be sorry 
to learn that Nancy's mother waj killed 
in an automobile accident in March. 

Congratulations are in order for Abigail 
/ esnick Liebowitz whose son, Bruce Elliott, 
was born in August. Abby's other son, Stevie, 
is three. Abby and her family are living in 
Brooklyn in a large apartment which they 
were fortunate enough to acquire recently. 

Peggy Huxley Range is now living in 
Tryon, N. C. "My activities, at the moment, 
are almost entirely centered around the 
running of a large servantless hcuje and 
taking care of my two daughters, Can oil 
(8) and Harriet (6)." Peggy recently drove 
to Greenville, Tenn., to see Arnold Susong 
Jones who has two sons, John IV (5) and 
Alex (1 month). 

Cabby Mitchell Ravenscroft proves my 
point. If one is sufficiently persistent with 
penny postals, eventually one receives a 
reply. Thanks, Cabby! She has two children, 
Sparky (754) and Lucille (3/2). Cabby 
and Kent spent two weeks this summer in 
Denver and vicinity. They rode the ski tow 
(longest in the world) in Aspen, Col. Cabby 
Mates, "it was wonderful and really just ?> 
much fun as in the winter." 

Mary Virginia Camfi Smith wants to know 
how I have the patience to manage a w hole 
bunch of children when "my one Little 
girl wears me to a frazzle." 'Tis simple 
enough, Mary Virginia, when they are not 
only not yours but you only have to cope a 
few hours each day. Mary Virginia adds, "To 
get down to vital statistics: one husband 
and one daughter, Mary Lindsay, who will 
be 2 in September." 

Mary Virginia, while in Norfolk, saw 
Marjorie Wing Todd who has a little girl 
(4) . Yvonne Decker Boomsliter, who was 
married a year ago, is at Cornell where hoi 
husband is teaching in the English Depart- 
ment and Callie Furniss Wolfe is now in 

Syd Millar Baker wrote from Philadelphia. 
She has two girls, Judith (4) and Deborah 
( 1 Omonths) who "seem to be able to keep 
me busy." Syd sees Betsy High Gregg who 
had her second boy in May. 

Martha Anne Hart c\ Gwinn took me 
literally about answering a la postal and 
wrote three. Many thanks! The Gwinns spent 
three weeks at Cape May with their three 
offspring. "I know that the hotel was glad 
when the three weeks were up since, during 
the course of our stay, we collected two 
turtles and one hop toad. We finally per- 
suaded the boys to part with the turtles 
which were returned to their natural habitat 
but the toad is still lost in the precincts of 
the Chalfonte." 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott was at Bay Head, 
N. J., during September with her three boys. 
Pinkie writes, "I've had my nose to the 
grindstone hanging wall paper and painting 
and fighting weeds in the garden. ... 1 
had a grand visit to college over commence- 
ment. It is so much fun to go back when 
we have work to do. The Barkers are in 
Fiance. . . . Lillian Cabell Gay came out 
to our farm to see us. She is back at the 
Mayo Clinic working in the office there while 
her husband is a resident." 

Alva Root Bound and her three were at 
Fishers Island for the summer. Alva says, 
"It is a real children's paradise." 

Alma Martin Rotnem spent the summer 
at Madison, Connecticut, where she took care 
of a friend's child as well as her son, Ricky. 

Phoebe Pier son Dunn has recently had her 
third, Tristam Dunn XI! The Dunns have 
bought a house in New Canaan, Conn. 

Dody Risk. Curwen is living in Brevard, 
N. C. Her son, James Endicott, is four. 
Dody occasionally sees Marion Taylor Brawley 
who is living in Greenville, S. C. 

After a summer at Teachers College, Col- 
umbia University (I now have 9 credits 
toward a master's degree but have 'til 19S7 to 
acquire the other 23 ) I'm looking forward 
to being at the day school. 

As I will be fully occupied, few r postals 
will be forthcoming so I'm depending on 
you all to write me while the children are 
sleeping or at school. If I remember cor- 
rectly, Mrs. Wailes taught us in sociology 
that the college graduate averaged Yz a child. 
Congratulations class of '3 6! You've cer- 
tainly upset that apple cart! 


Class Set m/.jm ■ Mary Helen Frueauff 
(Mrs. Charles T. Klein) 804 Osage Avenue, 
Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 

Fa rut Agent: Natalie Lucas (Mrs. M. S. 
Chase, Jr.), Box 1208, Florence, South Caro- 

You will all have to bear with me, for 
this first letter at least, as being the "news- 
gatherer" of '37 is quite a responsibility. It's 
fun though to hear from you — and will be 
even more so if you all cooperate and answer 
the cards. I tried this time to send them 
to everyone for whom I have an address, 
but henceforward I'll write you in cross- 
sections, trying over a year to contact every- 
one. But please if you have news, vidunteer 
it — don't wait for a push! 

From all the cool vacations enjoyed this 
summer, you must be ready for a strenuous 
winter! Nancy Nalle Lea and family were 
in Maine during August, after spending July 
in Charlotte where she saw all the local 
Briarites, their homes and their offspring. 
Ellie Snod grass Park and son, Houston, were 
also in Maine for several weeks. She sees 
a lot of Jane Collins Corwin, who has taken 
up golf in a big way, and Jackie Cochran 
Nicholson. Jackie and Chink planned to 
vacation at Virginia Beach. 

Terry Shaw housepartied in Roaring Gap 
with Polly Lambeth Black well and planned 
trips to the North Carolina shore and to 
New York. Incidentally, aren't we '37's 
puffed up to be able to claim the Alumnae 
Secretary! Polly has seen Barbara Fish 
Schiebel, '3 8, and reports that Dorothy 
Thomas Upton, ex '3 8, is planning to build 
a home across the road from her in Winston. 
Polly's older daughter, by the way, starts 
school this Fall. Make you feel old? 

Marie Walker Gregory admits to the hoary- 
headed sensations; she's to be matron of 
honor for her cousin Anne Walker, *45, when 
not so long ago she was flower girl in Anne's 
mother's wedding! Marie has seen Mary 
Petty Johnston Bedell '4.0 and Kitty Lorraine 
Hyde, ex '3 6. 

May Weston Thompson had a wonderful 
but strenuous six weeks at Cape Cod with 
Sid Gort Herpers and their two sons each. 

From all reports Peter Dyer Sorenson and 
Sev had a wonderful European trip, visiting 
London, Paris, Denmark, Stockholm and with 
a week in Norway, Sev's native land. Peg 
( ruikshank Dyer is in her own home at 
last, in Atlantic Highlands, and from the list 
of her activities she's the same Peggy — lots 
of guests, sailing, swimming, tennis, and horse 
races! Dorothy Prout Gorsuch reports much 
the same kind of summer, plus canning and 
organizing a community supper for 15 on 
her lawn. Such ambition! 

Molly Gruber Stoddart vacationed in Ver- 
mont and New Jersey. Her broken leg — 
husband Jack inadvertently backed the car 
into her! — has recovered enough for golf 
but "still doesn't match." She says that 
Biddy Sicard Locke spent the summer in 

October, 1947 


Becky Douglass Mapp had a week-end in 
New Jersey in June but is pretty confined 
with her daughters, S and 2. 

Frances Johnson Finley is another enthu- 
siastic golfer — self-defense against being a 
golf widow! She says her mother sees a lot 
of Jessie Rose Harvin at the dock where 
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Rose keep their boats. 

Anne Lauman Bussey drove to California 
for a visit while Don took a course for 
Reserve Officers at Fort Sill. Her new home 
and yard keep her busy. And speaking of 
new houses, Isabel Olmstcad Haynes reports 
they have the land and a well toward same. 
Who knows — she may someday have the house 
too! Her boys are flourishing. Nat Hopkins 
Griggs says her two daughters keep her 
"rooted in domesticity." 

It was grand to hear from Marion Leggett 
Currie after so long a time. Her sister 
Yvonne had seen Dina New by Adams and 
Martha Hardesty O'Shea on a recent Denver 
jaunt and reported them both fine. Marion's 
little boy, who was 2 in September, has been 
in the hospital since May. We all hope he 
is completely well by now. 

Sue Matthews Powell is highly elated be- 
cause she and Wally have at last found a 
place to live in Dallas, a new house not yet 
completed. She hopes to be in it by October 
and unpack all those wedding presents she 
hasn't seen in ages! Vera Searcy McGonigle 
hasn't been so lucky. Mac, with the Humble 
Oil Company, has been transferred to Dallas, 
but with no house yet found, Vera remains 
in San Antonio with their daughter. I'm 
hoping these two get settled p.d.q. so Charles 
and I can go down for a week-end. It isn't 
too far from Bartlesville and I'm pining 
tor some S.B. chatter. Heaven help the hus- 
bands when we do get together! 

Jean Gilbert Moister is busy raising three 
children, a daughter 7 1 / 2 and boys, aged 
I l /z and 2 l / z — a full-time job. She also 
does Junior League and church work. 

I have nothing personal to report beyond 
a visit from my family in July and a hot 
(typical Oklahoma) summer spent in front 
of a fan. I hope soon to be able to get 
down to some concentrated sewing, knitting, 
and house-cleaning. 

Remember, this is the only issue of the 
Alumnae News you receive unless you give 
to the Alumnae Fund. The News is a won- 
derful way to keep up with what your 
classmates are doing — provided, of course, you 
lei me know so I can report on it — hint! 
So please, all of you, contribute to the 
Fund immediately. 


Class Secretary: Dolly Nicholson (Mrs. 
John A. Tate, Jr.), 212 Middleton Drive, 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

I sent out an urgent SOS to each of you for 
news, but so far only 21 of 78 have replied. 
That's not such a good percentage, would 
you say, considering that all you had to do 
was rip off the perforated post card, write 
a few sentences and drop it in the nearest box. 
I was particularly anxious to send you a 
stimulating letter for this year is the year — 

our 10th reunion year! Be sure to get your 
ducks in a row and plan to be on hand this 
next June for a rooting-tooting get-together! 
We promise you a wonderful time. 

To those of you who were good enough to 
reply — my everlasting thanks. You can't 
imagine how I love being the middleman, 
so here goes with the latest news: 

Dot Thomas Upton writes from Winston- 
Salem that she, Luther, and little Bette had 
a good time at Virginia Beach where they 
saw Lottie Lewis and Gurley Carter Davis. 
Lottie is working in New York, and Gurley 
lives with her Naval husband and three lovelv 
children on Porter Road at Annapolis. Dot 
and Luther have bought a lot across from 
Polly Lambeth Blackwell and family, where 
they hope to build in a few months. 

A card from Barbara Fish Schiebel tells me 
o£ two new babies. Jane ("Shanghai") 
Gregory Marrow had a boy in July. Nancy 
McCandlish Prichard and Ed have a daughter, 
Helen, and are living at Charlottesville 
where Ed is finishing law school and Nancy 
teaching girls' tennis. Their address is St. 
Anne's School, Charlottesville. Barbara and 
Max spent July at Roaring Gap, N. C, a 
lovely mountain retreat, where they have a 

I know that all of you will be deeply 
shocked and saddened to hear the news which 
has just reached me — of Marion Brown 
Zaiser's husband's tragic death last February. 
He was a colonel in the Air Force, had just 
returned from overseas and, after six weeks 
of perfect leave with Brownie and their two 
sons at the beach, was killed instantly when 
his plane exploded on a routine flight. Our 
thoughts and sympathy go out to you, 
Brownie, in your sorrow. 

Kay Hoyt writes that she has taken "time 
out" from her job in New York for a much- 
needed rest. Louise Bailey McDermott is sub- 
stituting till Kay's return. 

From Washington conies a grand letter 
from Betty Dail Wilson. She is at last be- 
ginning to feel at home there — it looks like 
a permanent residence — but she did enjoy 
going home to Cincy in August. She had a 
grand reunion with Dotty Selbert Smitn, 
who has two sons and is in the process of 
building a home. Betty also saw Dotty Mather 
Goyert who has three children, and she and 
husband Jack are in the process of fixing up 
a semi-farm which they just bought. 

Ruth Inge Swihart and Betty bumped in"o 
each other recently in Washington. Ruth 
lives there also and has three children. 

Dot Evans Haveron writes of her new son, 
Billie, born January 4. That makes a girl 
and two boys for the Haverons. She spends 
her time trying to keep them and the house 
in order. 

M. J. Miller Hein agreed with me that the 
last newsletter was a sorry one — so hastens 
to tell me her bit. They are still living in 
Bay side, Long Island, and longing for the 
wide open spaces. In the meantime, they're a 
happy bunch, John four and Judith one. M. J. 
h playing tennis now that she has more 
leisure and "before she gets too old to enjoy 

A card from Billy Heizer Hickcnloopcr 
tells me she and Bo spent two weeks at 
Myrtle Beach and then to Michigan. Her days 
are full with three tots and fall looming 
heavily in view! She saw Lloyd Lanier I lliotl 

Latest bride is Lucilc Sergeant who mar- 
ried Earl Arthur Leonard of Woodward, 
Oklahoma, on May 3 1, at a lovely noon 
wedding in Boston Corners, the home of her 
parents. "Toto" sent me an account of the 
wedding accompanied by a grand letter. She 
and Earl have an apartment at 400 Broadway, 
in Paterson, N. J., and now that she's not 
working at Wright Aeronautical Corporation, 
she's mighty anxious to see her old Briarite 
friends. Give her a ring, gals! 

Another bride, but of what date I don't 
know, is Betty Bowley who is now Mrs. 
Frank Phillips. She and her husband who man- 
ages the new airport, are living nine miles 
out of Quincy, Illinois. She and Kitty 
Gardiner Stephenson ran into each other at 
the beauty parlor, and "recognized each 
other even with our hair up." 

From the ranks of the long-unheard-from- 
but-not-forgotten group came a letter from 
Florence Caven Crosnoe. She and Ralph are 
back in Texarkana, Texas, from Terrell, 
Texas, where he was stationed during the 
war. Ralph is in the flying business, and 
does crop-dusting, and though they haven't 
had a real vacation she is able to take off 
with her husband for whatever place his 
duty calls. They go to Dallas quite often and 
h?ve seen opera and operettas there. After 
leaving Sweet Briar Florence studied music, 
organ and piano for several years but since 
they moved during the war she was unable 
to keep it up. It was grand hearing from you, 
chum, so please do it again! 

Another "flying wife" is Mary Jemison 
Cobb Hulse. I'm hoping to see them pop up 
in Charlotte some time soon. Connie McDuffie 
Turner goes from Mobile to Birmingham to 
see Cobbie, and vice versa. Mary Thomson 
Ball, I understand, has returned from Europe, 
but when did she go and why? Cobbie says 
"hello" to everyone. 

Mrs. Hastorf answered my card to Hope 
(thank you, Ma'am) with the report that the 
latter is still in Red Cross Overseas Service, 
now in Tokyo at the 49th General Hospital, 
mostly doing social service. She had been in 
southern Japan six months and hopes to be 
heme early in 1948. 

This from the Griffith Dodsons — "If you've 
read about neglected, dependent and delin- 
quent children — that's ours. We've just sur- 
vived our first political campaign. Thanks 
to luck, circumstances, breaks, and plenty of 
hard working friends, Grif was elected one 
of two Roanoke representatives to the Vir- 
ginia House of Delegates. The radio coach was 
Martha Rector ('40), fresh out of radio school 
and full of good ideas." Congratulations and 
loads of luck, Molly T. 

I'm like Babbie Derr Chenoweth — what has 
happened to Genie Whiteside Winton? Will 
somebody tell us? Babbie tells me she lost her 
mother last January and I'm sure you all join 
me in sending sympathy. She and Arthur love 
Birmingham where he is practicing medicine 
and she's housekeeping and nursing the chil- 


Alumnae News 

dren. They recently visited Arthur's family 
in Highlands, North Carolina. Last Decem- 
ber she saw Jessie Silvers Bennett in Louis- 
ville, where the latter has bought a house. 
^ hat address? 

Vesta and children (Edward and Min 
Murray) spent the month of June at Ocean 
Drive Beach, where we just missed connec- 
tions much to my disappointment. After that 
they went to Westhampton Beach for two 
weeks to visit her parents. She and Eddie 
have bought a house in Columbia. 

Jo Happ Willingham and two sons were in 
the mountains of Georgia during August 
where Spain joined them on week-ends. In July 
she saw Virginia Cheatham Newton at Sea 
Island, also Mary Elizabeth Barge Schroeder. 
She recently received an announcement of 
Margaret Weimer Shepherd's son's arrival, 
but the birthday and details I don't know. 

The class of 1968 looks pretty meager, 
what with all the little men arriving. Adele 
Letcher Harvey and Jon have announced the 
birth of their third son, David Westlake, on 
July 8. His brothers are Jonathan, Jr., four 
years old, and Stephen 2 l / 2 . Of course she's 
up to her neck in domestic duties. 

Sarah Tomlinson Foscue, husband and 3- 
year-old son went to Ocean Drive Beach in 
Scuth Carolina for a week, and spent another 
a' Morehead City, North Carolina. Other 
than that she's been surviving the summer out 
at her apartment in High Point and looking 
forward not too eagerly to many community 
activities this Fall. 

Howell Lykes Colton and family have 
mcved again, this time to Wynnewood, Penn- 
sylvania, address 829 Bowman Avenue. She 
fortunately found a grand house and has been 
getting settled in her new home and Richie 
(6) settled in school. 

Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson as usual accom- 
modated me with a note, some news of which 
I've already given you. Of herself, she says 
she and Charley have become very rural, liv- 
ing in the country, gardening, canning, insu- 
lating ,etc. Sounds mighty fine. 

Of the Charlotte gang, consisting of Rilma 
Wilson Allen and myself, there's little news. 
Rilma and Bob have at last found a very nice 
apartment, the Monticello, on East Morehead 
Street, and will move in soon. They're quite 
thrilled, for since their wedding last Decem- 
ber they've been with her family and nat- 
urally are looking forward to housekeeping 
on their own. Bob travels a lot for the 
electric company for which he works, and 
Rilma accompanies him frequently. 

The Tates have no news, other than a 
week at the beach and a week in the moun- 
tains between Blowing Rock and Linville, 
North Carolina. Our family suits us perfectly, 
Caroline quite a lovely little lady, and John, 
a lazy, but wonderful baby. In other wnrj^ 
we're mighty happy. Soon I assume a few 
winter duties to which I look forward with 
some trepidation, but that's good for one, I 

Don't make me beg so hard for news after 
this. You see what I've done with a few 
cards, so why don't you all drop me a line 

soon! Best wishes to each of you. Make 
your plans now for our Tenth Reunion in 


Class Secretary: Betsy Campbell (Mrs. 
Robert S. Gawthrop, Jr.), R.D. No. 4., West 
Chester, Pennsylvania. 

The summer has fairly ripped by and the 
thought of school and accompanying mental 
discipline makes me itch. My life seems to 
grow steadily more physical. One rushes from 
the dishes to the babe, garden vegetables to 
what - shall - we - have - for - dessert - to- 
night, and though it's all fun the liberal 
arts and educational panorama often looms 
only as an ideal one once chanced to meet. 
But did you see the results of a question- 
naire on the sexes that were in the New York 
Times in mid-August? Women prevailed in 
e\ cry field. Then in the August 1 8 issue of 
Life, Geoffrey Gorer devoted much space in 
an article on the American Character, further 
proclaiming the woman's role in the U. S. 

Janet Trosch has moved from her New 
York City address and left no forwarding 
address. Come across, Janet. 

Diantha Clements died suddenly at her 
home in Boston June 3. She was assistant to 
Little Brown Co.'s publicity director. She 
started working for them in 1945, after 
holding a war job with the Polaroid Cor- 
poration, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before 
that she was for three years women's assistant 
in the editorial department of the Schenectady 
Union-Star. Such news is startling and shock- 
ing, and I know you join me in extending 
our sincere sympathy to her family. 

Harrie E. Hart, Jr., was born to Henriette 
Minur Hart May 9. James Wathen 3rd was 
born May 17 to Viola fames Wathen. 

Postal from Betty Frazier Rinehart, vaca- 
tioning at her dad's camp in Canada, while 
Ted worked in the city. Everything generally 
hunky dory. 

Yvonne wrote you about Jean McKenney 
Stoddard in her June letter, but I'll brief you 
a little on daughter Anne's arrival. Born 
Thanksgiving Day in New York City. Johnny 
flew up for Christmas, and they all flew 
b,?ck together when their Nina was nine 
weeks old. She raves about their house and 
garden and the plentiful servants. John is 
Regional Traffic Manager for Ecuador and 
Colombia, and unfortunately seems to have 
to be both places at once. Life in Quito is 
extremely gay, and the pig-tailed Indians 
pattering along on the cobblestone streets 
in their bare feet are colorful and pictures- 
que. Their house is a bit out of the center 
of the city, in a grove of eucalyptus trees, 
opposite a great snow-capped mountain. 
They're right on the equator, but at 10,000 
feet up, so the weather is always perfect. They 
have a jeep to bounce over the Andes in, and 
take wonderful trips to Indian villages on 
market-days. Yvonne had added Diana V/ood- 
ruti on August 2 1 — 8 pounds 1 1 ounces. 

Additional news from Kay Richards De 
Lancey. She became the mother of Leora 
June 24, and has moved to a new home in 
Keene, New Hampshire. New baby, new state, 

new house, and Bob is planning to have a 
new business. He is going to open his own 
men's clothing store in September and is 
madly busy with architects and contractors 
and rush trips to New York and Boston. 

Attended a lovely announcement party of 
Virginia Well ford. He is Harold Sumner 
Farwell, and the wedding was scheduled for 
September 6. 

Such a nice letter from Jane Parker Wash- 
burn. Her time is tremendously absorbed by 
the capers of Linda — isn't that a cute name? 
— two years old. They are in their own home 
in Plainville where Roddy's business is located. 
They're acquiring furniture, electrical equip- 
ment and all domestic paraphernalia by de- 
grees, for they started from scratch. They 
were about to set forth for the shore with 
the Downs (Tready) to indulge in some lob- 
ster eating. 

This is my farewell letter. I think I've 
become increasingly dull, and I think every- 
one should have a crack at this job anyway. 
'Twould facilitate the contact of more groups, 
and it's lots of fun revivifying relationships. 
I ve loved hearing from you and hope that 
all communications don't cease and desist 
from this day forward. I'll be thinking of 
you before and after that moon comes over 
the mountain, and my sincere best wishes 
to you all. Can't tell you how I've enjoyed 
news garnering, and my tremendous thanks 
for your wonderful cooperation. 


Class Secretary: Nida Tomxin (Mrs. Robert 
^"atts, Jr.), 100 Madison Street, Lynchburg, 

Fund Agent: Connie Chalkley (Mrs. Fred 
Kittler) 7 Kirkley Road, Weems Creek, An- 
napolis, Maryland. 

Class Secretary: Joan DeVore (Mrs. John E. 
Roth, Jr.), 670 June Street, Cincinnati 8, 

fund Agent: Betty Doucett (Mrs. John 
Neill) Interlaken Gardens, 1177 California 
Road, Tuckahoe, New York. 

Class Secretary: Catherine Coleman, St. 
Anne's School, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Fund Agent : Betty Hanger, 1914 Olive 
Street, St. Louis, Missouri. 

First on the list this time is a report on 
the reunion. Penny Lewis, Toppin Wheat, and 
I managed to drive over for Baccalau- 
reate Sunday. We saw Ann Hauslein Potter- 
field, Helen Sanford, Betsy Gilmer Tremain. 
Jean Buzby, Polly Peyton Turner, Pat Bright- 
bill, Doris Ogdeu Mount, Mary Stone Moore 
Rutherford, Gigi Moomaw, Lucy Call Dabney, 
Laura Graves Powell, Betsy Chamberlain 
Burchard, Margaret Becker Schiltges, and va- 
rious members of the faculty, staff, and other 
classes. Wish all of you had been there to join 

Shirley Hauseman reports visits with Alice 
King and Betsy Park, who is now with the 
State Department. 

More recent news included a communi- 
cation from Frannie Boynton Drake, who 

October, 1947 


rushed to answer my plea tor aid. The Drake 
family have moved to Wilmette, Illinois, for 
an indefinite period. Carl is in the Chicago 
otfee of the same company. Frannie reports 
that both Sandy, 4, and Lee, 1 54, are full of 
enough mischief to keep their mother busy. 
From Frannie also came the news that Betty 
and Mary Brown both married St. Paul men 
and are living there, as is Alice Swency. More 
news of Swede is lacking at present. Frannie 
saw Dobbie Wood Davis and her small daugh- 
ter, "who is very winning," in New York. 

Annie Hauslc'ut Potterfield and her husband 
art just beginning his two-year stint in the 
army. At present they are in San Antonio, 
after which they depart for Washington to 
learn Tom's new station. Naturally their 
plans are quite indefinite at present. 

From "Slug" Sanford, I hear that Elsie 
Diggs and Sam Orr, together with Marshall, 4, 
and Peter, 1J4, have an apartment in what 
used to be an old mansion in Winston-Salem, 
North Carolina. Sam is with the Duke Power 
Company, and Elsie "does a lot of Junior 
League work and other charitable work in ad- 
dition to raising those two extremely charm- 
ing children," says Slug. 

Slug also reports that Sudie Clark Hanger, 
Bill, Libba, almost 4, Billy, 2 l / 2 , and Johnny, 
8 months, have the top half of a duplex in 
suburban Atlanta, where Bill is in the textile 
business. Sudie is another Junior Leaguer, and 
"she finds time to do more things in one day 
than any other three people could do in 
twice that time." She and the children went up 
to Greensboro and Morehead City for part 
of the summer and were delayed in Greens- 
boro long enough to get Libba and Billy 
through the measles. 

Martha Buchanan Wadsworth, Joe and their 
two little girls, Martha and Mary, have an 
apartment at the corner of 81st and Lexing- 
ton in New York City. Joe is an eye surgeon 
as you may remember. 

Betty Hanger is now living with her family 
in St. Louis and has been attending business 
school ; she spent some time in Morehead 
City this summer. 

Gigi Moomaw has relinquished her social 
service job of last spring and is now occupy- 
ing a secretarial position with the Gulf Oil 
Corporation in Roanoke. 

"Becky" Schiltges, Bill, and Beth are all 
very happy in an apartment in Indianapolis. 
They left the baby with Becky's parents 
when they came down for Reunion and the 
experiment was so successful that they are 
contemplating doing it again. 

Jean Hedley Currie and her newly acquired 
husband, Jim, are now living in Southport, 
Cennecticut, where Jim is in business with 
his brother. 

Slug saw Dot Myers Morehead and hus- 
band Moose while she was in Winston-Salem 
there. She also saw Dot Malone Yates and 
Margie Trcutman Harbin in Atlanta. Margie 
had just put her husband on the train for a 
Medical Convention, but Slug did meet 
Charlie Yates. Unfortunately she did not 
have a chance to meet Dot's little girl nor 
Margie's two sons. 

After having expected to move to Phila- 
delphia, Polly Peyton and Carol Turner are 
most pleased to find that they are staying 

in Norfolk, as Carol has just joined a new 
giant cruiser. They are particularly happy, 
as who would not be, at having a new apart- 
ment and a new car. Polly reports that 
Jeanne Sawyer Faggi is reportedly moving to 
Norfolk where her husband is to be connected 
with the William and Mary extension. I know 
that you will all be as sorry as 1 was to 
hear that Si Walke Rogers and her two 
daughters have had a long spell of illness this 
summer and will be glad to hear that all 
three are now much better. 

From Phyl Sherman comes the news that 
she is now assistant buyer in the Fine Jewelry 
Department at Alt man's — it's on the first 
floor so do drop in to see her. She says that 
Edith Syska has been working this summer 
and fall at a summer hotel in South Lee, 
Massachusetts, a job which she loves. She 
keeps books, etc. 

I am back in Charlottesville getting ready 
to start another year at St. Anne's. This 
year I have graduated from a minute room 
which I had while the new wing was being 
built, to a beautiful room complete with fire- 
place in the Junior Dormitory, so drop in 
sometime; I'll even take you for a ride in 
my new Crosley Convertible. Do write and 
help me out, and don't forget the Fund; 
let's have '42's name lead all the rest! 

Class Secretary: Clare Eager, Charlesmead 
Road, Govan P. O., Baltimore 12, Maryland. 

I am just back from the wilds of Nova 
Scotia and caught by an earlier-than-expected 
deadline — no time to send out P.C.'s this 
trip. I am especially sorry not to have all the 
scoops this particular time as this is the 
only issue which all of you receive, but go 
ahead, be a sport, gee-whiz; send in your 
contributions and take a chance on my dig- 
ging up something later on. 

I got a letter from nurse Brooks Barnes 
recently saying she was finishing work at 
the hospital in Honolulu towards the end 
of July. She planned to live at Waikiki and 
play around for about six weeks — seeing the 
other islands and doing things she hasn't 
been able to do because of the work. She 
expected to get home in the middle of Sep- 
tember after a 10 day airplane trip via Los 
Angeles, Mexico City, Guatemala, Yucatan, 
Havana and Miami. And by the way. Brooks 
was still in Hawaii when Bob, young Terry, 
and "Tookie" Kniskern White arrived. Bob 
is from Honolulu so they have gone back 
there to live now that he is finished at Har- 
vard Business School. Brooks said that Bob's 
father had got them a house and that no 
one should in any way feel the least bit sor- 
ry for Tookie. All in all I should say our 
old Fire Chief is completely sold on Hawaii! 

When Brooks gets back to Boston she will 
find Fay Martin Chandler and Nancy Pingree 
Drake still there. Fay spent a good deal of 
the summer with the Chandlers in Nantucket 
where her little daughter has been recuperat- 
ing from a seige of influenza menengitis. She 
was quite sick in the hospital early this sum- 
mer, but is coming along nicely now, Fay 
says. "Ping" and Em took their vacation in 
St. Paul where they saw Franny Boynton 
Drake, Alice Sweeney, and Phoebe Sweeney 

Woolley. This vacationing with the in-laws 
must be the thing to do among young mar- 
rieds — I also heard from Anne Mcjunkin 
Briber that she and Frank had gone to 
Charleston for their big 9 days. 

The stork has revisited both Beth D'tch- 
man Smith and Camille Guyton Guething. 
The former's bundle from heaven is another 
boy, Ralph Grattan, born May 23, while 
Camille got a bit more variety with a girl 
this time. Her name, Avery Ann; born June 
6. Camille and "Ouija" Adams Bush saw 
quite a bit of each other this summer in 
Blowing Rock where they were both vaca- 

I received a letter from Frances Taylor 
Trigg who is still in Richmond where Locke 
will be going to school until January. She 
says Kitty Doar Jones and her husband are 
in Richmond now too. Also Anne Noyes very 
thoughtfully sent me several newspaper clip- 
pings on some ex *43s. They were about the 
birth of Anne Tweedy Ardery's third son, 
Joseph Lord Tweedy Ardery on July 11; 
the marriage of Louise Peak; and the engage- 
ment of Jane Norton. Louise was married on 
April 26 in Hawaii to Kenneth F. Spring of 
Newark, Ohio. He is being transferred to 
Guam so they will live there. Janie's wedding 
day is October 4 and her husband-to-be is 
Major Herbert Duncan, Jr., of Winchester, 
Ky. Jane has been working with the Car- 
negie Institution of Washington in D. C, 
and the Major is assigned to the Office of the 
Quartermaster in Washington. Anne also has 
unearthed Nancy McVay Marsteller who is 
now living in Richmond, Ky. 

The rest of my news is completely New 
Yorky as I stopped there for a week on my 
way home. I stayed several days with Jane 
Findlay who is a supervisor in the bedspread 
and mattress (I think) department at Macy's. 
They seem to work her awfully hard, but 
she says at least it is never dull, as I can 
well imagine! Libby Corddry Jones had just 
moved back in town after summering it in 
cooler Morristown. Sally Bryan stopped by 
with her for a few days so we had a grand 
reunion what with Janie and Nancy Beau 
White along too. Sally has been working back- 
stage with a summer theatre in New .Eng- 
land, while Beanie, in her customary style, 
has been promoted again — this time to Head 
of Foreign News Research for Life. Libby 
and I also by sheer chance bumped into Dodi 
Cheatham James. Neither one of us know it 
but she has been living there right around 
the corner from Libby since June. Frances 
Gregg Petersmeyer will be a New Yorker for 
a while too. She had expected to move to 
San Francisco, but Wrede changed jobs. He 
is now with J. H. Whitney & Co. They have 
bought a house in Bronx ville, and after two 
trips to Memphis to get Frances' sister mar- 
ried off and her daughter christened they 
seem ready to really settle down at last. I 
learned that Muie Grymes is thinking of 
taking a job in Oregon, and that Annabelle 
Forsch is still doing free lance art work in 
N. Y. C. And that's about the extent of it. 
Keep me posted — and be newsworthy ( which 
ain't hard, obviously. Just have a baby, be 
bubble gum queen or brush your hair and 
III devote at least a paragraph to you.) 


Alumnae News 

Class Secretary: Connii Sri Budlong, Occu- 
pational Therapy Department, Box is I, Ken- 
nedy Veterans Hospital, Memphis 15, Ten- 

Fund Agent: Ellen B. Duval, 3211 Grove 
Avenue, Richmond 21, Virginia. 

You'd think that deadlines would no longer 
bother me, but they still darken my life. 
Have much news, some old and some so new 
that it hasn't even happened! 

Many of my gleanings are from Jane Rice 
McPherson who with husband Tom have 
been visiting Tom's parents here in Mem- 
phis. Made me feel years younger and nearly 
a; light-hearted as in September, 1940, to see 
Jane. She is exactly as always. We sat on the 
McPherson's terrace, sweltered, and had J 
most satisfying gabfest. Alice Johnson Fessen- 
den and Bill, with young daughter, Faith, 
will soon fly to Venezuela for a two-year stay 
in Caracas. Tee Tift Porter had a supper 
p.'rty for Jane and Tommy in Atlanta and 
line reports that Tee's small daughter is the 
image of her daddy and as winsome as they 
come. Mary Jane Brock is still in Switzer- 
land, and Betty Haverty Smith in Athens, 
Georgia, while Alex finishes school. Betty 
Farinboll Cockrill is in Florida. Elly LaMotte 
has kept so busy handling a thriving export 
business for her father's chemical company 
that we have had no news from her in three 
years. Sally Hollerith is with Glenn L. Mar- 
tin in Baltimore and Anne Moore is still being 
a financial wizard at her Philly bank. Libby 
Vaughan in San Antonio will welcome Jane 
and Tommy at the beginning of their life 
there with USAMD this fall. When last 
heard of Sloan Hawkins was in Washington. 
Nancy Eagles O'Bannon is busy keeping 
Louisville on its social car after a trip to 
Havana and a quiet summer vacation in 
Owensboro. She expects Bill and Millie Lit- 
tlcforj Camm for a State Fair visit, and Bob 
and Ouija Adams Bush in November. Bob 
and Ouija stopped by Sweet Briar on a south- 
ern trek in August. Millie writes from Fort 
Thomas that their house has at last been 
completed and is such fun to live in. I'm 
dying to try their guest room. She and Bill 
vacationed in Chattanooga, Asheville, and at 
Pauly's Island. 

Had a grand letter from Pat Whitaker 
Waters early this summer, telling all about 
their new white-washed brick home in Luth- 
erville, her bouncing son, Johnny, and their 
latest pride and joy — a power lawnmower! 
Pat says that Jinny Griffith Morton's baby, 
Virginia Lee, II, is as dainty and ladylike and 
sweet as her mother. 

We are rife with matrimony, recent and 
future. I keep hoping that our statistical 
allowance of married '44's won't fill up too 
soon. I am beginning to feel like part of a 
minority group though! On August 30 Doro- 
thy Jean DcVore was married to Henry 
Thomas Piatt, Jr., at the Riverside Presby- 
terian Church in Jacksonville. Virginia Curtis 
Hall was married to Carl Clement Teipel, Jr., 
at Christ Church in Glen Ridge on Septem- 
ber 6. Eleanor Goodspeed's wedding to Law- 
rence Abbott is set for late September. I plan 

to take this in on a quick trip to New York 
and will report in full next time. 

Treat of the century was a fat letter from 
Peg Gordon in Savannah. She is teaching 
freshman English and being Dean of Women 
at the branch of the University there at 
Hunter Field. Susan Somervell Griswold and 
John stopped in Savannah to see Anita Lippett 
and Peg. The three ex-WACs had great fun 
comparing respective Army careers. The 
Griswolds will settle in New York. Nita had 
a lovely home wedding in June to Thomas 
C. Clay, Lieutenant Commander. U.S.N. 
Peg and Ginny Hall were bridesmaids and the 
groom is Peg's first cousin. Nita and Tom 
are in Newport now where he is going to 
Line School. Peg says Nita is adding Navy 
terms to her Army doubletalk. Paulett Long 
and Gunner Taggert are back in Boston and 
Peg will probably see them on her early Sep- 
tember pilgrimage to New York. Am so 
sorry our visits won't overlap. 

Sally Skinner Behnke had a long holiday 
on her own this summer while Bob was in 
Alaska and young Carl with his grandma. 
She taught riding at a girls' camp (Shining 
Mountain) at Marion, Montana. 

Our latest beau-to-be is John Milton Cut- 
ler, III, son of Jack and Helen Crump Cutler. 
Helen is in Macon at present. Toni Hart 
Moore has a little boy, age and name un- 
known to me. And Dotty Beuttell Smith and 
Cal have a second son. By very roundabout 
paths comes news of progeny for Hazel Fell- 
ner Tuttle and Martha Falk Vallery — will 
these silent matrons send the vital statistics 
pronto. After all! 

Have been hoping to see Marian Shanley 
Jacobs on one of her shopping trips in Mem- 
phis from Newport. We have had a phone 
call and several hasty notes but no meeting 
in the flesh. She attended her first Alumnae 
Council meeting in June and became well 
caught on all details there. She is the new 
Chairman of the Alumnae Fund and we all 
are proud. 

Millie Brenizer Lucas was at Sweet Briar, 
too, for sister Irving's graduation. She and 
Shanley mostly exchanged details on infant 

Have an old but meaty letter from Lulu 
Sadowsky that I still feel free to quote from 
since we both missed the June deadline. Much 
of Lulu's news was about Mary White Cole- 
man Hollander's wedding. Lulu was brides- 
maid. In and about Norfolk Lulu ran into 
Murrell Rickards, Rosie Ashby, and Mildred 
Paulconer, who is teaching down there. Anne 
Bowen, according to our New York reporter, 
is working like a fiend in the field of social 
work by day and night-clubbing it like a 
deb by night — and apparently not suffering 
from it at all. From my cloistered corner 1 
sigh with envy, but don't think I could take 
it. At this point it wears me out just to 
read about it. Lulu herself still holds forth 
ir the magazine illustrating field — guided by 
the typical Luluvian motto — "Always put off 
till Monday what you could do on Saturday." 

Another old and newsy letter is from 
Snookie Woods Williamson. Snookie too has 
come to the conclusion that "little did we 

know how peaceful were the college days, etc." 
in a most philosophical vein. She is fighting 
to retain the sight of her eye and putting up 
a brave and determined battle. Good wishes 
on this from all of us, Snookie. Snookie has 
also taken over the job of secretary of the 
Chicago area Alumnae Club. She works with 
this philosophy: "We are busily trying to 
draw out the alumnae — like teeth, and with 
the same amount of pain." 

Second hand I learned that Barbara Dun- 
combe had been to Chattanooga for Jane 
Williams' wedding. Sorry I don't have her 
married name! Dune had a visit in Rome, 
Georgia, with Martha Lindsay. 

There were two weddings of interest in 
the Chicago neck of the woods this summer. 
Louise Konsberg married William F. Noll 
in June. He was graduated from Washington 
and Lee June 6 after having spent three 
years in the Army, most of it in the CBI 
theatre. They went to the Poconos on their 
honeymoon. Franny Pettit also was married 
but as yet no details have come our way. 
Both were well attended by the Sweet Briar 

Guess that just about winds it up this 
time. I spent part of June in Iowa and 
Nebraska and have been steaming in Memphis 
ever since. While I have no personal housing 
problem, the Kennedy O.T. shop is crawling 
with plumbers, painters, electricians, carpen- 
ters, and a strange, nameless group of men 
who do things with slide rules and light 
meters. My part of the shop has retired with 
dignity to a small ex-kitchen and I limp on. 

Please do contribute to the 1947-48 Alum- 
nae Fund so you can hear more of all about 
everybody. Coming attraction: complete cov- 
erage of New York events! 


C/ass Secretary-' Martha Holton, 2318 
Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Audrey Betts, 888 Park Ave- 
nue, New York 21, New York. 

The activities of our class seem to be as 
widely spread as possible, with the lady of 
leisure, the careerist, and the housewife each 
having her share. 

Our new class Fund Agent, Audrey Betts, 
is not exactly a lady of leisure but as yet 
isn't either of the other two. She is busy 
as cook and maid at home in New York. This 
fall she hopes to spend some time at Memorial 
Hospital where the work "fascinates" her. 
Just what kind of work does the fascinating 
will have to wait till Audrey writes again — 
no details! 

Harriet Willcox and Perk Traugott cli- 
maxing a trip to Canada, were in New York 
City with me to welcome home the Queen 
Elizabeth in July. Perk's sister Patty, and 
my sister Mary Lou, were returning from a 
year of studying in Scotland and Switzerland 
respectively. Anne Dickson, recently back 
from studying in Paris, was among those at 
a party given by Marjorie Christian Schley 
for all the old group in New York that 

At present Betty Gray is enjoying her firs' 
"real vacation" in years. She is now able 
to add O.T.R. to her signature as she re- 

October, 1947 


ceived her diploma from the Philadelphia 
School of Occupational Therapy in June. 
She hopes to be able to use her knowledge 
in rehabilitation work this fall, but had no 
immediate plans. In August Betty took 
advantage of her vacation by taking a trip 
in New England with her family. 

Dolores Fagg finally got her graduation 
present — a blue Buick convertible. Worth 
waiting for! 

Louise "Petie" Cross works half days in 
a stock-broker's office. In May she took time 
off to visit Doe for a few days and Mary 
K-thryn Fryc Hemphill joined them for a 
day with her daughter, Kathryn. 

Eugenia "Red" Etheridge stopped in Toledo 
for a few days on her way back to Long 
Island University. During the summer she 
externed in a hospital and loved it. Red said 
her first stitch put everybody else in stitches. 
This fall she begins her junior year at Long 
Island College of Medicine where she will 
"bring babies and all sorts of fascinating 

Betty Grayson Geer and her husband, Bill, 
are living in Chapel Hill this year while he 
teaches there. Huldah Eden Jackson and 
Haller are back in Lexington after a visit 
to Shreveport this summer. Wodie Coleman 
Monaghan and her husband are now in Birm- 
ingham. Jean Ridler had a trip to Texas this 
summer and is back on the job in Bound 
Brook. Frances Bickers Pinnell keeps busy 
caring for her little girl, Anne, cocker spaniel 
Toby, and husband Buck who is still in law 
school. She spent part of August at the 
beach. Jane Thompson Sherrill has a little 
boy now and her husband, a dentist in the 
Navy, recently returned from overseas. 

Jean Frances Portmann is to be married 
September 22 to David B. Allen in Cincin- 
nati. Jean, one of our exes, holds degrees 
from the University of Cincinnati and Smith 
College. Mr. Allen served three years in 
the A.A.F. and graduated in June from 
Amherst College. 

Peggy Jones was married in August to 
Malcolm R. J. Wyllie. She met him at Johns 
Hopkins while she was working on her mas- 
ter's degree and he was doing research. Mr. 
Wyllie graduated from South African College 
School in Capetown, S. A., and was a Rhodes 
Scholar at Magdalen College of Oxford Uni- 
versity where he received his Ph.D. During 
the war he was stationed in India with the 
rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal 
Navy. They went to England for their honey- 
moon and will live in Pittsburgh on their 
return. Carol Cox was one of Peggy's two 

Antoinette LcBris Maynard went to France 
this summer for a two months vacation and 
visit with her family. 

Franny Estes was married to "Buzz" 
Seibels. His sister, Tish, was May Queen at 
Sweet Briar in 1941. Petie Cross was an at- 
tendant at the wedding — Petie's sixth this 

That's the extent of my news for now. 
I'll try to reach more of you by the time 
the next letter is due. Be sure to contribute 
to the Alumnae Fund so that you receive 
the next three issues of the Alumnae News. 

Class Secretary: Dorothy Corcoran, 4i4S 
Ortega Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida. 
Fund Agent'. Dorothy Sue Caldwell, 4707 
Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida. 

Ctass Secretary: Sallie Bailey, 430 North 
Blount Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. 
Fund Agent: Frances Gardner, 622 J Pow- 
hatan Avenue, Norfolk 8, Virginia. 

All of you can envy me because I had all 
this news first, but I am dying to tell all! 

Liz Abbot writes that she, Martha Smith, 
and Margy Redfern visited in Erie, Pa. 
Martha went on to camp and Liz and Margy 
to New York. Liz also went to Connecticut 
and Washington and she states that all this 
traveling was a continuation of her education 
a* well as for pleasure. In September Liz 
began teaching fifth grade in the county 
school near Lynchburg. 

Cynthia Bemiss spent the summer as a 
"Loafer — 3/c," taking pleasure trips to New 
Haven, Virginia Beach, Greenwich, and 
Maine. Now she is "ready for anything" — 
specifically, secretarial school. Janet Amilon 
Wagner visited Cynthia on her honeymoon 
trip to Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. 

Anne Beth Beard was married June 24 to 
Harry T. Eubank, Jr. They went south for 
their honeymoon. 

When Eleanor Bosworth wrote she wis 
being visited by Sarah Bryan and Meredith 
Slane. Sara writes that they had a royal 
and wonderful time. September 23 will sec 
Bozzie at Cornell where she will study Ameri- 
can Government and Diplomacy and 

Anne Brinson was married June 2 1 and 
went to Canada on her wedding trip. Since 
July she and Jim have been settled in Green- 
ville, S. C. She says the domestic life suits 
her to a T and she is doing volunteer social 
work for the Child Welfare Division of the 
Department of Public Welfare. 

Sara Bryan sent lots of news. She was 
to be maid-of-honor in Katy Street's wedding 
September 6. Katy's engagement was an- 
nounced in June and by now she should be 
Mrs. Alfred D. Sharp, Jr. Mr. Sharp is a 
student at Vanderbilt University. Sara said 
she was going up for Gene Ray's wedding on 
September 13 too, along with Stu McGuire, 
Ginna Walker, and Peggy Robertson. Gene 
married John Boiling Minor. 

Judy Burnett took a few trips this sum- 
mer, was in a swimming meet and planned 
to start work September 8 as a technical 
librarian for "Experiment, Inc." Bizzy Cald- 
well loafed blissfully through the summer 
and plans to do graduate work this fall. 

On September 13 in Norfolk, Nancy Cofer 
is to become Mrs. William Stacey. 

Barbara Golden divided her summer be- 
tween art school in North Carolina and a 
sojourn on the coast of Rhode Island. This 
fall she began teaching in a private art school. 

Maria Gregory has been traveling and 
visiting, mostly in North Carolina. She is 
to be one of Anne Jackson's attendants when 
Anne marries on December 22. Anne's en- 
gagement was announced August 1 and she 
is to marry Stuart Ragland, Jr., also of 

Richmond. Mr. Ragland attended V. M. I., 
served as a second lieutenant during the war, 
and is now a student at the Medical College 
of the University of Virginia. 

Anne Kleeman was married June 2S to John 
Sikes. They honeymooned in Colorado 
Springs and Yellowstone Park and are living 
in Clarksville, Tennessee. Anne is housekeep- 
ing and cooking in their five-room apartment. 
Betty Hochn was her maid-of-honor. 

Becky Knapp writes plaintively that she 
wants everyone who failed to turn in her 
hood after graduation please to send them to 
her. The firm which supplied them is holding 
Becky responsible so please have a hear. 
and send them to her p.d.q. Becky played 
all summer, saw Suzette Morton, and now 
plans to start work in foster placement of 

Ann Marshall spent the summer in northern 
Michigan at camp and studied six weeks at a 
near-by art colony run by Michigan State 
College. She earned five credits towards her 
master's degree! This fall she intends to 
continue her study of art at the Cincinnati 
Art Academy. She has had six paintings on 
exhibition in Lansing, Michigan, and hopes 
to exhibit this winter in Cincinnati. She also 
writes that she visited Alex Marcoglou in 
New York and expects to have Jo McMillan 
as her guest soon. Alex spent most of her 
summer at Sea Island, Georgia. 

Stu McGuire- reported that Kay Fitzgerald 
and Ernie Banker were at Radcliffe studying 
publishing and journalism. Stu also informed 
me that Alice Reese was to be married Sep- 
tember 6 and Nan Hart on September 2. 
Stu spent July at Virginia Beach and at this 
writing was hunting a job. 

Betsy Mullen summered in New York and 
went to Nan Steptoe's houseparty in West 

Jean Old and Shirley Levis spent the sum- 
mer camp-counselling in Little Switzerland, 
N. C. They attended Martha Camblos's, 
Fuzzy Brinson 's and Jacky Murray's weddings. 
They spent the night of August 29 with me 
in Raleigh and gave me a detailed report of 
Jacky's beautiful wedding. They saw Ginger 
Barron who spent the summer in Nassau. 
Jean and Shirley travelled so much this sum- 
mer that they plan to settle down to a win- 
ter of playing! Shirl has chosen Florida for 
her playground. 

Liz Ripley and Ann Colston took sewing 
lessons this summer. Having had a liberal 
arts education they figured a little domestic 
science would be the "finishing touch." 

I visited Anne Seibels in Birmingham, in 
June and had the best time ever. She spent 
the rest of her summer at Daytona Beach 
and camping in Canada where rugged canoe 
trips thrilled her. 

I have worked on a swimming pool here 
in Raleigh this summer and have very vague 
plans for the future. I have enjoyed your 
replies tremendously and want you all to 
know that I am to be envied for the scads 
of interesting mail you all have sent me. 

As a farewell note I want to remind you 
all to contribute to the Alumnae Fund. The 
other three issues of the Alumnae News go 
only to those who contribute. 


Alumnae Xeus 

J—cttets to the 

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That your discussion programs have brought forth pro- 
vocative thinking is evident from the many comments bj 
individual alumnae, some of which we print below. Wh} 
not take if""' pen in hand, and let this "letters to the 
Editors" column be a real medium for exchange of thought. 
Also u e would sincerely welcome suggestions for bettering 
the magazine. We aim to please, so let us know what you 
would like to find within these pages. 

I am convinced that a Liberal Arts education does stim- 
ulate you after graduation to further education. I do feel 
most strongly that every student should be thoroughly 
grounded by a faculty advisor on what the college offers. 
This should be more than an exposure, if possible. You are 
too young when you go, to know what to expect and want. 

Mary Elisabeth demons Porzelius, '33. 

As we all know, the teacher of a course is most impor- 
tant. His personality, his ability to present the material, 
etc. I think some way should be found for the profes- 
sors to be presented before the student body . . . possibly 
each one to take a turn at the orientation course we just 
discussed . . . the choice of subject might be affected. Many 
of the most interesting professors I have only come to know 
since graduation. I missed them entirely while I was in 
school, as I just didn't happen to be in their class, and con- 
sequently knew them not at all. 

Polly McDiarmid Serodino, '29. 

Having four daughters, I am interested in Sweet Briar 
as a Liberal Arts College, because some of them may want 
to go there. But also, I want our girls to be prepared to 
earn a living upon graduation. Since I went to Sweet 
Briar only one and a half years, the course I took which 
meant the most to me was the now extinct Home Eco- 
nomics course. I admit a Liberal Arts course is something 
you'll never get any other time, but couldn't it be made 
more practical? 

Mary San ford Patten, ex '3 0. 

It is true that Liberal Arts education does not train for 
an obvious job or position. However, this is not the pur- 
pose. A study of the arts, music, and literature should be 
continued, but the Social Sciences, such as Government 
and Economics, should be emphasized more than they are, 
to open the graduate's mind to civic responsibility. 

Betty Carbaugh Mann, '4S. 

When I try to set down my somewhat random thoughts 
upon the curriculum of a liberal arts college, I find mvself 
arguing on both sides of the question or going around in 
a circle. For it is difficult to judge the value of that which 

you possess, even though you possess it in a small amount 
or in an imperfect degree. 

In my own case, the circumstances of my life have been 
such that no academic course has been a waste. Even 
Latin, which was a great affliction to me in college, would 
have helped me if I had taken more of it or if I had worked 
harder at it when I was a reluctant laborer in Latin prose 

In any technical training, of course, it is necessary to 
attend specialized courses, but even so, a liberal arts train- 
ing is an advantage. 

I have often wished I had taken secretarial training in 
my younger years because, at every turn it has been urgent 
for me to type (without knowing how). On reflection, 
however, I realize that any young energetic woman can 
ai tend night school and get enough short-hand and typing 
to serve her purpose, whatever it may be. She will be 
prepared, then, for an entrance into fields which the girl 
who has only a business school training isn't likely to 

As for preparation for marriage, I do not know that a 
college is able to offer much preparation. I do think that 
every woman should hav